#MotivationMonday: Breakout Star of Superbowl 2015 Used to Work at Footlocker

There is a good chance the Seahawks would not have even mad it to this year’s Superbowl without the great play of their backup receiver, Chris Matthews. And in the role his career to date, Matthew garnered the Seahawks a much needed second touchdown in the first half of the Superbowl, serving as LITERALLY only his third time touching the ball in an NFL game…if that ain’t efficiency IDK what is.

Yet, what many don’t know is that at this exact time last year, Matthews was just a regular Joe, working as a security guard at a local Footlocker with NFL dreams. He received a call one night asking him to fly to Seattle that same evening for a tryout, to which he responded “I don’t get off work until 9 p.m., so I’m not sure I can make it” (not sure if that makes him a triple OG or just stupid). After a quick call to his mother, he came to his senses and booked the next flight out and made it to the tryouts in time, ultimately ending up on the team.

Following in the footsteps of many of a select few of his fellow Wildcats, he has become just the 30th to play in the Super Bowl. After an illustrious career at his alma mater, he went undrafted, was then signed and cut by the Cleveland Browns (seriously didn’t know until now that’s where they got the name for the Cleveland in Family guy…hilariously racist) and became Rookie of the Year in the Canadian Football League while playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

An injury in his second year in the CFL sent him into early retirement and what had to be a depressing career shift to guardian of the Jordans.

Goes to show you that you always really do need to prepared for when your number (literally) is called. At just 25 years old, he is now on the biggest stage in his craft.

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