Clay Matthews reacts to Packers re-issuing his number

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Joe Theismann, whose number hasn’t been retired in Washington, may or may not let rookie Dwayne Haskins wear it. (As if Theismann has any place to object.) Clay Matthews, whose number definitely hasn’t been retired in Green Bay, would apparently prefer that rookie Rashan Gary not don No. 52.

The body’s not even cold yet lol,” Matthews tweeted in response to a photoshopped image of Gary wearing Matthews’ 52.

Actually, the body’s still warm. And the body chose to join another team. Sure, the Packers likely didn’t want Matthews, but that’s how it goes in the NFL and other professional sports. Unless a player’s number is retired (and only so many player numbers on any team can be retired before the team runs out of numbers), his number eventually will be re-issued.

Sometimes, it takes a few decades. Sometimes, it takes a few years. In Matthews’ case, it took a few weeks.

While it’s possible Matthews was joking, it’s more likely that, at some level, he views the quick re-issuance of his number as a lack of respect. Maybe it is, based on the manner in which Matthews assesses what is and isn’t respectful.

The Packers surely mean no disrespect. But plenty examples of disrespect happen unintentionally. And the Packers may have unintentionally given Matthews extra motivation to prove that he’s still the guy he was in Green Bay, now that he’s with the Rams.

While wearing No. 52. The number once worn by the guy whose goal-line tackle delivered the only Super Bowl win in franchise history.

89 responses to “Clay Matthews reacts to Packers re-issuing his number

  1. I’m a pack fan and even though I don’t agree with it, Clay needs to get over it! Other then some boneheaded penalties over the last few years, Clay has been Irrelevant.

    were there other numbers that could have been issued? of course! But, Do you see Mike Singletary shooting his mouth off when the Bears issue #50 to a player on the bears?

  2. Not for nothing, but he didn’t exactly do anything to earn the honor of no one wearing his number. Most of his career, he’s been pedestrian. Maybe he should just worry about carrying his average career to the next team and staying on the field.

  3. oh god get over it, we need less numbers retired, not more. IF you are going to do it, should be reserved for the VERY BEST players in a franchise’s history. not pretty good players. in fact, maybe have a max of 3 retired numbers. wanna retire a number? gotta kick someone out of that top 3. i mostly hate retiring numbers. different sport but, the celtics basically have no numbers left & have retired some pretty average players’ numbers.

  4. I dunno, but I don’t see Clay playing the “respect” card. He seems smart enough to know that card is so so so lame.

  5. CM3’s rookie year was great … after that … meh. — Pretty boy with the uncut hair needs to focus on his new job (or do a few more commercials). — I’m not sure he’ll even make GB’s HOF.

  6. Or…..this is simply another story about nothing.
    Matthews was obviously making light of the situation.
    Hence, the photoshopped image of Gary wearing the green and gold 52, with an lol, clearly pointing out that he’s joking.
    And the Packers meaning no disrespect, most likely gave the rookie his choice out of a limited amount of LB numbers available as mandated by NFL parameters.

    I take more issues of rookies coming in and grabbing retired numbers.
    If a number is retired, put it out of use. For good.
    That’s what signifies the honor!
    If a team happens to be running out of usable numbers where a rook or an incoming vet can’t find something close to what they had, too bad.
    You have simply been retiring too many, thus leaving the gesture a little hallow anyway.
    The Philadelphia Eagles come to mind.

  7. While it’s possible Matthews was joking, it’s more likely that, at some level, he views the quick re-issuance of his number as a lack of respect.
    ———

    What are you basing that on? I don’t see any evidence that he meant it as anything other than a humorous observation. He saw the pic, decided to tweet. How is it “more than likely” he views it as a sign of disrespect?

  8. Boy, talk about a sensitive football player, over nothing. I’m glad that he’s with the Rams. I’m sure the rest of the league’s players appreciate his concern over his former team’s jerseys.

  9. “goal-line tackle”? Did you watch the superbowl? Maybe you are talking about the forced fumble he had at the 35 yard line. Hardly a “goal-line tackle”

  10. I wouldn’t doubt if Rashan changes to #56 now that Nico is gone. If Rashan stays with #52 I am very sure Clay is ok with it as his playful, funny tweet yesterday suggested. If one was upset about something they wouldn’t send a lol tweet. Some of you need to get a sense of humor. Just saying.

    I do think the best selling jersey of this Packers rookie class will be SAVAGE #26.

    Darnell Savage is going places. Mark my words.

    GoPackGo!🏈

  11. WOW, I have never seen fans of a team turn on their past players like Packer fans do. Kind of reminds me of our current commander in chief. I am a Bears fan and when McMahon and Mongo went to the Packers to steal their money I still held them both in high regard as Bears to the bitter end. I still think of Amos as a Bear and hold no ill will. When players leave that organization it really makes a person wonder what is happening behind closed doors in Green Bay. As soon as players leave there they start chirping whether it is jokingly or not. I cannot wait for Rodgers to be done someday in Green Bay and read all those posts. Dang, better get your popcorn.

  12. Rashan Gary is a Green Bay Packer. Matthews plays for the Rams. Unless you’re giving him Forrest Gregg’s number, I wouldn’t worry about it. I seriously doubt Matthews was being serious.

  13. Clay was a hell of a player but nowhere near worthy of retiring his number. That is a very high bar when your on the team with the most NFL championships. Leroy was upset when Nick Collins got his old number. Hope this works out just as well.

  14. As a fan, I get more upset when I see the numbers of bad players get re-issued. I still get nightmares of Frank Omiyale on the Bears everytime I see a shot of James Daniels wearing #68

  15. Well, look what happened when the Pats didn’t retire Matt Cavanaugh’s number. Now he’ll probably never get that honor.

  16. You should just be lucky they didn’t cut you years ago.
    Don’t you have some commercial to shoot?

  17. Relax folks, Clay is just displaying a sense of humor, a trail most of the posters to this website are lacking.

    For anybody that thinks the gesture of awarding the number is somehow disrespectful, consider that the Packers have 100 years of history and are fast approaching the limit of retired numbers. That’s what happens when a team wins 4 Superbowls (coincidentally, the same number of Superbowl losses in Minnesota)

  18. Shmokes says:

    “goal-line tackle”? Did you watch the superbowl? Maybe you are talking about the forced fumble he had at the 35 yard line. Hardly a “goal-line tackle”

    Uhhmmm – He’s talking about the Rams’ #52. “The only Super Bowl win in franchise history” sort of tips you to that.
    BTW Clay, relax. It’s not like they’re giving away your hair or anything.

  19. Clay can laugh it off. He’s out of Green Bay. And in Los Angeles.

    Clay is finally happy. He got his reward.

  20. You can’t let twenty-four hours go by without a Packer story for Viking trolls to get their undies in a twist about.

    The bottom line………Clay’s time in Green Bay was forgettable except for paying too much, for too long, for too little performance. He’d be more upset if they hadn’t returned his sunglasses.

  21. I don’t get why players get so hung up about a particular jersey number.
    Steve Largent’s number 80 was retired by a he Seahawks in 1992.
    In 1995 Steve Largent was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    In 2004 the Seahawks got Jerry Rice in a trade from the Raiders.
    Jerry Rice requested number 80, a number that had been retired 12 years earlier for al Hall of Fame player. After a conversation with Rice, Largent agreed to have his number “unretired” so Rice could use it.
    If the number is retired the answer is NO.
    If the retired number belongs to a Hall of Famer don’t even ask.
    If none of the above apply then the number is available to whoever it is assigned.

  22. Looked to me like CMIII was joking, but there is a strong history of grudge-holding coming out of that locker room.

  23. Oh stop it Mr. Florio. Matthews was joking and only those who are cynics would think otherwise. Matthews knows there are only so many numbers to go around, so quite naturally someone else would get his number as well as Jordy Nelson’s.
    Do me a favor, Mr. Florio. Research all the former Rams who wore #52 in their careers and get back to us. It wouldn’t surprise me if a great player of the past wore that number for the Rams and now Matthews is wearing it.

  24. Not enough numbers to retire them. The best thing he can do is make people remember his number on his new team with his play. Forget It’s not the uniform, it’s the player in the uniform that is remembered. Put it all out there on the field and be remembered for your play, not some number! Green Bay is old news, in the rear view mirror…GO RAMS!

  25. wyboemail says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:16 am

    WOW, I have never seen fans of a team turn on their past players like Packer fans do. Kind of reminds me of our current commander in chief. I am a Bears fan and when McMahon and Mongo went to the Packers to steal their money I still held them both in high regard as Bears to the bitter end.
    _________

    I, for one, don’t really care to see some of the post career sniping from some of the fans.
    Even though I hold Clay Matthews in high regard, I understand why others don’t.
    He was a very polarizing figure in Green Bay who’s high motor and speed served him well his first 6 seasons as a pro.
    But, as his speed waned, his attitude, and penalties he incurred, wore on the fan’s patience over the last couple of seasons.

    For the most part, Packer fans are generous in spirit when it comes to a player leaving as was evident by the recent departures of John Kuhn, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb.
    A few that left under bitter circumstances, were viewed differently.
    I wouldn’t think it’s an anomaly.

    As for Jim McMahon stealing money from the Packers, I don’t recall it that way at all.
    They certainly didn’t pay him very much to just sit on the bench, and take a couple snaps in mop-up duty.
    And for his trouble, he pocketed another Super Bowl ring.
    He certainly wasn’t going to get another one from the Bears.

  26. Maybe they need to start conjoining numbers and letters to combat the issue of retiring numbers, ie 52a, 52b, 52c, etc.. . If you truly want the number you can still give credit to those that came before you at the same time.

  27. This really has someone all jumpy and excited.

    Changing SN’s at a very rapid pace.

    Poor Barney

  28. Well, as the late great Bud Grant once famously said, “Viking fans are small people (figuratively), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.”

  29. stellarperformance says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:38 am

    The bottom line………Clay’s time in Green Bay was forgettable except for paying too much, for too long, for too little performance. He’d be more upset if they hadn’t returned his sunglasses.
    ___________

    So typical. While he’s on the team he’s the greatest player in the world. When his play starts dropping off and that’s pointed out by objective fans of other teams, the Packer fans are indignant that anyone would ever criticize a “Super Bowl champion.” Then when the guy is gone, the entire fanbase turns on him and says he was the reason we kept losing.

  30. I agree with Clay. The only possible explanation is that they gave 52 to Gary as motivation to go “all out” like Clay did. The other trollers here can call him Fabio and accuse him of steroids, but I dare them to deny he put everything he had into every play on the field.

  31. Perhaps a touch of media overreaction – imagine that – to an innocent attempt at self-deprecation.

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:29 am

    The Packers are use to showing no respect. Just look how Rodgers treats his teammates and coaches. It must be in the water in Green Bay.
    ________

    Yes, I can see you are going to continue to push this desperate and pathetic narrative.
    Your objective is to throw enough garbage against the wall in the hopes enough Barneys will lap enough of it up and regurgitate it as the truth.
    Your truth.

    But, as always, your accusations couldn’t be more wrong.
    Even in light of the dozens of current and former teammates that have come forward in Rodgers defense, in recent weeks, in the face of that garbage Bleacher Report story.

    And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s been reported that Rodgers will be attending the Kentucky Derby once again.
    Aaron, who’s been a fixture at the exclusive, invitation only, Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala for years, will be bringing several guests.
    Those guests include teammates, David Bakhtiari, Davante Adams, Bryan Bulaga, Corey linsley and Jimmy Graham, as well as former Packers, Randall Cobb and A.J. Hawk.

  33. Jace Sternberger is going to be wearing #87 for the Packers. If Jordy joked about it would the usual fools spin to the negative?

    Go cry about Irv Smith Jr. getting #84 and leave us alone. Thanks👌

  34. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Well, as the late great Bud Grant once famously said, “Viking fans are small people (figuratively), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.”
    _____________

    I love that quote.
    One only has to take a cursory view of just a few of the jealous and petty comments on this thread alone to understand the true meaning of that quote.

  35. stellarperformance says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:38 am
    You can’t let twenty-four hours go by without a Packer story for Viking trolls to get their undies in a twist about.
    ###

    There wasn’t a Packer story for nearly 4 whole days after the first night of the draft.

    That’s how irrelevant the Packers are.

  36. I’ve watch Clay in the local media for 10 years. There is no doubt he was joking…and I found it funny.

    Clay gets to move home and I’m happy for him. I hope he rejuvenates his career and is successful.

    Unless you’re a Viking troll there is nothing to see here. Good luck Clay. Appreciate all you did here.

  37. freefromcommonsense says:

    Go cry about Irv Smith Jr. getting #84 and leave us alone. Thanks
    ###

    Since the Vikings traded Randy, the following players have worn #84:

    Aundrae Allison, Michael Jenkins, Cordarelle Patterson and Bucky Hodges.

    Do you ever tire of being wrong?

  38. gtodriver says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:38 am
    You can’t let twenty-four hours go by without a Packer story for Viking trolls to get their undies in a twist about.
    ###

    There wasn’t a Packer story for nearly 4 whole days after the first night of the draft.

    That’s how irrelevant the Packers are.
    __________

    Yes, so irrelevant they were recently given 5 prime time games on the upcoming 2019 schedule.
    And then I was subjected to two straight days of Barneys whining and crying, with the typical foot stomping that accompanies these kinds of things because they’re so patently unfair. skoLOL!!!

  39. “There wasn’t a Packers story for nearly 4 whole days”

    ============

    Why are you counting the days/hours between Packers articles? Just when I think this person can’t get any more creepy.

  40. @100+ SN guy

    I was “wrong” about nothing. I never said no one wore #84 after Randy. I was referring to Vikings fans crying on twitter about Smith Jr. getting #84. Keep trying though👌

  41. Wafflestomp says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Well, as the late great Bud Grant once famously said, “Viking fans are small people (figuratively), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.”
    _____________

    I love that quote.
    ——-
    Professing your love for your own made up quote. Now that is funny.

  42. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    @100+ SN guy
    ____________

    A majority of the Viking fans that post on here are ariana.
    It’s been a non-stop revolving door of fake Packer accounts and Barney aliases for years.
    I’ve caught him/her mis-posting under the wrong namesake several times.
    It’s a little like John Carpenter’s, The Thing.
    You’re never really quite sure which account or alias has been assimilated by ariana.
    So you just basically burn them all.

  43. freefromcommonsense says:

    Why are you counting the days/hours between Packers articles?
    ###

    The only reason I’m aware of that was because of all the Packer fans trolling Vikings stories during that time.

    Packer fans feeling irrelevant due to being ignored after the first round of the draft were more obnoxious than normal.

    I know that is hard to believe, but it’s true.

  44. freefromcommonsense says

    I was “wrong” about nothing. I never said no one wore #84 after Randy. I was referring to Vikings fans crying on twitter about Smith Jr. getting #84.
    ###

    Anyone using Twitter as a source has zero credibility.

    Which explains why you use it.

    Anyone who was complaining about the use of #84 obviously wasn’t a Vikings fan.

  45. Wafflestomp says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:29 am

    The Packers are use to showing no respect. Just look how Rodgers treats his teammates and coaches. It must be in the water in Green Bay.
    ________

    Yes, I can see you are going to continue to push this desperate and pathetic narrative.
    Your objective is to throw enough garbage against the wall in the hopes enough Barneys will lap enough of it up and regurgitate it as the truth.
    Your truth.
    ——
    Mark Murphy himself called it Rodgers’ dirty laundry. Not lies about Rodgers. It would not be dirty laundry if it was not true.

  46. There are 90 spots on the roster. Not sure how many the Packers have retired but the guys have to wear something.

  47. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:38 am

    The bottom line………Clay’s time in Green Bay was forgettable except for paying too much, for too long, for too little performance. He’d be more upset if they hadn’t returned his sunglasses.
    ___________

    So typical. While he’s on the team he’s the greatest player in the world. When his play starts dropping off and that’s pointed out by objective fans of other teams, the Packer fans are indignant that anyone would ever criticize a “Super Bowl champion.” Then when the guy is gone, the entire fanbase turns on him and says he was the reason we kept losing.
    ——-
    And then to bring it full circle, when the player retires, the cheesehead fans will welcome him back with open arms as the greatest player in packer history by putting him into the packer hall of fame.

    Clay Matthews will be given a hero’s welcome by these same fans when he retires as a packer.

  48. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    April 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:29 am

    The Packers are use to showing no respect. Just look how Rodgers treats his teammates and coaches. It must be in the water in Green Bay.
    ________

    Yes, I can see you are going to continue to push this desperate and pathetic narrative.
    Your objective is to throw enough garbage against the wall in the hopes enough Barneys will lap enough of it up and regurgitate it as the truth.
    Your truth.
    ——
    Mark Murphy himself called it Rodgers’ dirty laundry. Not lies about Rodgers. It would not be dirty laundry if it was not true.
    ________

    SMH……….lap it up, Barneys. Lap it up.

  49. “Obviously wasn’t a Vikings fan”

    =============

    That’s odd, actual Vikings fan that I have known personally for over 30 years were also wanting Randy’s number not to be worn by Irv Smith Jr.

    These real Vikings fans would never spend their lives acting jealous and hating on the Packers and their fans. This is only your life, as sad as that is.

  50. I hope that Joe Theismann offers the number. But to say he has ‘no place to object’ is wrong. Joe Theismann was a league MVP and a Super Bowl winner. He has status among Washington’s fans and a big niche in Redskins’ history.

  51. I think (most) Packer-hating Viking trolls are fully capable of confirming the truth about Rodgers and the Packers, if they take the time to look for it. I did. I found the proof and shared it on this site too many times to repeat. If they want to put on blinders and choose to believe whatever they want, they can’t be helped. They should all be thankful stupid isn’t painful.

  52. gtodriver says:
    April 30, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    freefromcommonsense says
    I was “wrong” about nothing. I never said no one wore #84 after Randy. I was referring to Vikings fans crying on twitter about Smith Jr. getting #84.
    ###
    Anyone using Twitter as a source has zero credibility.
    Which explains why you use it.
    Anyone who was complaining about the use of #84 obviously wasn’t a Vikings fan.
    ==================================================================================
    gtodriver with the spin again. Accuses someone of being wrong, then when he didn’t say anything to that effect, he comes up with another fallacy. Instead of just admitting that his comment was incorrect or ill-conceived. But he doesn’t have that ability- but he does have the ability to be a snake oil salesman. He’s as honorable as Martin Skreli with a 1/16th of the brains.

  53. Clay doesn’t care. NFL players pretend to be loyal and all that. Reality is, they want to make the most money possible and they do not care who is signing the checks.

  54. Watching a guy rip the Eagles for retiring the number of a Hall of Famer and then LITERALLY make up quotes to support his arguments.

    Classic.

  55. It’s a classy move my teams when they don’t reissue a number. But it should not be expected by the player. Especially after you were just cut and are still currently playing.

  56. Retiring a number is a decision made by the team, not by the player. Players should not chime in on where their own numbers should be retired-that’s a reflection of how other people hold you, not how you hold yourself.

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