The Cleveland Browns will honor one of the franchise’s legendary players on September 22 before facing the Los Angeles Rams. The team is inducting former linebacker Clay Matthews into their Ring of Honor.
During his career in Cleveland, the linebacker appeared in 232 games out of 278 total for his career. As a Brown, he recorded over 1,400 tackles in sixteen seasons, making him one of the league’s elite outside linebackers.
This coming season, the Browns will honor Matthews by inducting him into their Ring of Honor at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Matthews will be sharing the Ring of Honor with elite talents such as former Browns running back Jim Brown, coach Paul Brown, kicker/offensive lineman Lou Groza, and quarterback Otto Graham (who is also getting a statue this year).
Matthews more than deserves the honor, and it is likely that this will kickstart the Browns’ campaign to induct him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — which is also well-deserved for the former defensive star.
The Browns will be inducting Matthews on September 22, during the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. With his son, Clay Matthews III now playing for the Rams, he will be able to honor his father inside FirstEnergy Stadium.
Perhaps this move can be the catalyst for Matthews’ Hall of Fame induction after a legendary career. It would also allow him to join his brother Bruce Matthews in the Hall. Bruce, an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing from 1983 through 2001.
The Matthews family are legends in the football world and it’s nice to see the former Brown getting the attention he deserves.