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Who is Chris Matthews?

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews has three catches in his career, all in the Super Bowl. It's been a four-year road he's had to travel to get here.

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Chris Matthews, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, is grabbing all the headlines - and the passes - in Super Bowl XLIX. But few people know who Matthews is - and no, we're not talking about the talking head on MSNBC.

Some facts about Matthews:

  • Matthews is 6-foot-5, 218 pounds and 25 years old. He was born in Long Beach, Calif.
  • He played college football for the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
  • He was in the 2011 NFL Draft but was not selected.
  • He was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad but never made it into a regular-season game with the team.
  • He went to the Canadian Football League for the 2012-13 seasons. There he played receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
  • He was darn good there, winning the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year Award.
  • He played in only three regular season games this season for the Seattle Seahawks. He had a combined zero catches for zero yards.
  • He was active for the Seahawks in their two home playoff games against the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers.
Now, after just over a half of football in the Super Bowl, Matthews has three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. And if the Seahawks win, he very well may be the MVP of the Super Bowl.