Super Bowl star was once cut by Browns

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

Who's Chris Matthews?

No, not the news anchor from MSNBC's "Hardball."

It's the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver who burst onto the scene in Sunday night's Super Bowl with four receptions for 109 yards, including a touchdown.

Not even the most ardent Cleveland Browns fan would've known that he was originally signed by then Browns GM Tom Heckert on July 30, 2011. He was with the Browns in training camp that summer before being released on Sept. 3.

However, before you become too hard on the Browns, Matthews' four receptions in the Super Bowl were his first career catches. He had bounced around from camp to camp and even the CFL before landing on the Seahawks' practice squad.

Matthews showed athleticism, using his 6-foot-5, 218-pound frame to his advantage on smaller Patriots defensive backs. He finished the night as the Seahawks' leading receiver with 109 yards and a touchdown.

Matthews was the Most Outstanding rookie for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL in 2012 before landing on the Seahawks' practice squad this season.

Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who played in the CFL himself, praised Matthews.

A number of stories before the Super Bowl mentioned how Matthews had worked at Foot Locker before getting his chance in Seattle.

Prior to the Super Bowl, Matthews had not caught a pass, but had appeared in three games. He recovered the onside kick in the NFC Championship game against the Packers that set up the Seahawks' go-ahead touchdown two weeks ago.


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