LEARN HOW ERIC MATTHEWS IS MASTERING THE GAME OF LIFE...
Eric Mathews never dreamed he would become an NFL champion. As a teenager, he was recognized for his track and field exploits, but Matthews played two years of football in high school before attending college. After trying out for the Green Bay Packers in 1997, Matthews made the team as a wide receiver and eventually won a Super Bowl ring. Now retired from the NFL, Matthews encourages teenagers to strive for unimaginable success.
“We have a lot of families in need right now. At the beginning of 2010, I will kick off the E Matt Foundation. Once I finished playing in the NFL, I was down a little bit. But my former high school track coach called me when he retired and I took over his position. I enjoyed mentoring and teaching kids. I will soon open a youth center on the south side of Atlanta. Without youth programs, we will lose our kids. Between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., kids get in the most trouble because they don’t have anywhere to go. It’s up to us to give them a place to go.
It starts with kids in middle and high school preparing themselves for college. A lot of kids dream of making it to the NFL, but everyone will not make it. You need an education because you can’t count on
football. My parents made sure that education was a part of my life, so I tell kids that they must keep their grades up if they want to play sports”.
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“Eric Matthews is retired from the NFL. The Super Bowl champion now dedicates a portion of his time encouraging teenagers to strive for success.