Monday, September 03, 2007

Michael Matthews & New York Giants

“[He] is a guy who came into a situation where we really are in need of depth at that position. He’s demonstrated the ability to play not only tight end, but the move tight end, plus he can take snaps at fullback as well. He’s made himself a versatile player and we’ve been able to take advantage of that. Plus, he plays special teams. So he finds himself in a number of spots here at the end, and the more-you-can-do theory comes to point.”

- New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin on rookie tight end Michael Matthews, from Georgia Tech, who has made the roster for the upcoming season.

This quote is found on the NY Giants website.

plez sez: The evening of the NFL Draft, I posted the scoop that Michael Matthews had joined with the NY Giants as an unsigned free agent. Mike was a 3-year starter as tight end and graduated from Georgia Tech last fall with his degree in Management. Michael was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Georgia Tech (the chapter for which I am the alumni advisor) and he is a devoted family man for his wife and two small children. He worked real hard to be in good shape for the NFL combines during the winter and was picked up by the NY Giants at the completion of the draft.

A focused, intelligent, hard worker, I am really glad that my prediction that Michael Matthews would make the team has come to fruition. The coach's comments about him being able to play several positions (tight end, fullback, and special teams) means that not only did he make the team, but he will be an on-field contributor to the team.

I'll definitely have my eyes open for #88 when the season opens... I'm wishing Big Mike the best during his first season in the NFL. The Giants come to Atlanta to take on the Falcons on Monday Night Football on October 15, 2007.

4 comments:

BronzeBuckaroo said...

It's nice to read about a "good guy" this days. Your post put a need smile on my face after this Vick mess.

plez... said...

i didn't want to mention michael vick in this post, because this young man is the complete antithesis of michael vick.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

U know I used to work in the office of minority educational development at GT (OMED) under Dr. Gamble and with Gavin Samms. Small world

plez... said...

Torrance,
A really small world: Dr. Bill Gamble was the chapter advisor for my fraternity chapter when I was there (he came to Tech to run the OMED office right after I pledged) and I knew Gavin Samms when he was a student there, as well.