Remember how fun it was watching Chris Matthews in the Super Bowl? He literally came out of nowhere during the 2015 NFL playoffs. Well, according to him, it all came as an unexpected surprise.
It all began when he recovered an onside kick in the NFC Championship game. His late-game heroics ultimately allowed the Seahawks to drive down the field and beat the Packers. Two weeks later, he found himself on the field during Super Bowl 49. And then it happened. Matthews caught a 44 yard pass, his first NFL career reception, in the biggest game of any player’s life. It wasn’t even suppose to happen.
“It surprised me because the route I ran was a decoy route for the other guys underneath,’’ Matthews said via ESPN 710 in Seattle. “I look up, and go, ‘The ball’s really coming at me.’ I was like, ‘OK, let me just put my hands up for it.’ ”
To follow up his first catch, Matthews 2nd reception was in the endzone. Personally, I remember fist pumping when I realized he had scored.
“I thank Pete every time I look at it,” Matthews said of the touchdown. “He threw me in there. We called a timeout and Pete said, ‘I want Chris in the game on this side.’ I looked at him like, “I really appreciate this. I’m glad you understand now.’ ’’
Heading into this season, Matthews is set to make a little more than half a million. However, he’s only guaranteed $10,000, so if Seattle deems necessary, they can cut him with minor consequences. Hopefully that won’t be the case. With their recent addition of star TE Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks won’t be looking to add top tier receivers anytime soon. Matthews has a lot of room to improve and a great opportunity to earn a secondary position on the depth chart. He may be just what the Seahawks have been looking for in a role player.
“Last year was a lot of ups and downs for me,’’ he said. “I was just trying to figure out what was best for me. How can I fit in? The biggest thing was when I understood practice means a lot here. You practice hard, you play hard, is what a lot of people say here. I picked that up and embraced it.”