Rashan Gary requested Clay Matthews’ No. 52

AP

Clay Matthews appeared to disapprove of the Packers’ re-issuing his No. 52 so quickly after his free agency departure to the Rams. After the Packers tweeted out a photoshoped image of Rashan Gary wearing Matthews’ old jersey, Matthews replied, “The body’s not even cold yet lol.”

Gary, a first-round draft pick, said Friday he requested 52.

It perhaps for a different reason than expected, but the former Michigan star did realize it was Matthews’ old number.

“Five minus 2 equals 3. I wore 3 in college,” Gary said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But Clay Matthews was a guy I used to watch his game a lot. I’m a bigger type of guy, but watching what he used to do, his passion for the game, man, I loved it. As soon as I saw it was open, I had to take it.”

Gary has a long way to go to live up to the number. Matthews left Green Bay as the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks with 83.5, and tied with Reggie White and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila with four 10-sack seasons.

“Coming to an organization like this, you understand the players that play here before you and the standard that you need to uphold,” Gary said. “Every time I wear that 52, it means a lot to me.”

53 responses to “Rashan Gary requested Clay Matthews’ No. 52

  1. I really don’t get why some of y’all are so into the jersey numbers. To each his own though. You guys debate away!

  2. I’m a Wolverine and hope this guy succeeds, by he didn’t live up to the hype at Michigan for sure. Phenomenal athletic ability, not enough productivity. Devin Bush on the other hand……both!

  3. Does Clay Mathews deserve his jersey retired? My bet is packer fans say no. He has been picking up his pay check with a ski mask for 4 years.

  4. Numbers shouldnt be retired, except in rare instances like Jackie Robinson. That’s what team HOF’s and statues are for. Numbers are limited, statues arent.

  5. Frank Winters wore # 52 for 10 years, 6 years long than Mathews. Rashan Gary should ask Frank Winters for permission.

  6. I didn’t know they retired jerseys for leading the league in roughing the passer penalties…

  7. Gary has all the attributes of an all pro, but his laziness will make him an at a best average player. He just doesn’t want it. And you can’t teach that…

  8. “Five minus 2 equals 3. I wore 3 in college,”

    That’s your guy Packer fans.

    Good luck, I’m sure he’ll do in the pros what he couldn’t do in college.

  9. Man it must suck to be an NFL player and these are your problems. I really don’t know how they bear it.

  10. Nothing wrong if he is trying to emulate Matthews, but He should have asked Clay like Haskins did with Theisman.

  11. Well, four minus one is also three.. so there is that; and it was also available. But who cares, it’s a jersey number.. “lighten up Francis.”

  12. “Every time I wear that 52, it means a lot to me”

    Great that it means a lot to Rashan to wear Clay’s number and that it motivates him to be great. Rashan was also very excited that his locker is right in between Preston Smith’s and Za’Darius Smith’s lockers. He said those are 2 guys that he will “definately look up to and just try to learn everything from”.

    Rashan was asked how it felt to sign his contract: “It was a blessing, mind blowing. After I signed it I just pushed it to the side and it’s time to get to work”

    The more I hear from Rashan the more I like him and the more confident I am of his bright future in Green Bay.

    #GoPackGo!👏

  13. They weren’t going to retire the number so eventually someone would get it but still not a very classy way of doing it.

  14. Nike and the Packer Pro Shop will be upset “if” Gary turns out to be a star or fan favorite. Just think of the sales they will lose because there are already a few 52 Jerseys in Green Bay.

  15. Rashan has a ton of potential, but Winovich was wayyyyy better, and didn’t quit on his team for the bowl game. Gary came in as the top player in the country. He went out as a good player, but certainly no where near what he could have achieved had he worked harder and played every down. He’s no Clay Matthews, for sure, as Packer fans will find out. The Pats got the better player. I’d take Chase any day over Gary….

  16. Don’t worry about those who hate, THEY ARE MISERABLE FOR A REASON. Keep your dreams in front of you and the clowns behind you!

    #FromJerseyToAnnArborToTitleTown

    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀

  17. “Gary has all the attributes of an all pro, but his laziness will make him an at a best average player.”

    You looking through a crystal ball with that statement or just reading past press clippings? this is the NFL now and the Packer organization absolutely will not tolerate laziness by any player,they cant afford to.

  18. milkcan44 says:
    May 4, 2019 at 12:47 am
    Nothing wrong if he is trying to emulate Matthews, but He should have asked Clay like Haskins did with Theisman.

    ++++++++++++++

    That’s Mr. Theismann, to you.

  19. Michigan players have said that Gary had 2, sometimes 3 blockers on him. Bush and Winovich had 1.

  20. I think people who doubt Rashan Gary because of lack of college production are going to be very surprised. He is the kind of player who was already established as a top talent by the time he was coming out of high school. He did what he had to do at to continue to be considered a top talent, but when you hear him speak about what his true goals are it has always been to play in the NFL and to dominate in the NFL. Now that he is in the NFL, I think that is when you are going to see him actually kick things into high gear. Going back to even when he was little, his goal was the NFL. I think he was in a unique position where he was almost like a one-and-done college basketball Prospect who just viewed College as the thing between him and the pros.

  21. Don’t tell Clay someone took his old locker and parking space too.

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 4, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Don’t worry about those who hate, THEY ARE MISERABLE FOR A REASON. Keep your dreams in front of you and the clowns behind you!
    #FromJerseyToAnnArborToTitleTown
    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀

    ———
    That’s cute you think the players read this and are motivated by your emoijis!

  23. Matthews needs to worry how he can help the Rams and not worry about the Packers! He is not with the Packers and there is a reason! Move on, they have!

  24. I see my post hit home hard for someone here.👍 Caps were posted in that direction.

    There is help out there for those that so desperately need it.

  25. RMoss84HOF says:
    May 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 4, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Don’t worry about those who hate, THEY ARE MISERABLE FOR A REASON. Keep your dreams in front of you and the clowns behind you!
    #FromJerseyToAnnArborToTitleTown
    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀

    ———
    That’s cute you think the players read this and are motivated by your emoijis!

    Awe look we have a Vikings fan represent-en with RMoss84, remember all those Championship teams he was on?

  26. Shinnbone says:
    May 4, 2019 at 8:56 pm
    RMoss84HOF says:
    May 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 4, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Don’t worry about those who hate, THEY ARE MISERABLE FOR A REASON. Keep your dreams in front of you and the clowns behind you!
    #FromJerseyToAnnArborToTitleTown
    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀
    ———
    That’s cute you think the players read this and are motivated by your emoijis!
    Awe look we have a Vikings fan represent-en with RMoss84, remember all those Championship teams he was on?
    ——

    Aww the Peter Pan group of never grow up fanboys is hurt. Don’t worry I bey Gary will read your posts and high five you at training camp while you wear your homemade jerseys! Then you will be crushed when your hero Aaron doesn’t acknowledge you. Yes, I liked Randy Moss as a player, his lack of a championship does not effect my daily life. Football is a small part of my life, but then again I’m not a pretend owner like you.

  27. A great example of why McCarthy and his regime had to go. New Regine, classy professional quote. — old regime, snotty self focused reply. Things had gone bad in Green Bay and the management finally stepped and swept out the mess and started clean. But people adapt to thier environment and after years of playing in that world, Matthews needed a fresh start someplace else and the Pack needed him gone. Good luck Gary you are off to a good start and s good sign about the new Green Bay packers.

  28. We are exactly 4 months away from the Packers regular season opener.

    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀👏

  29. Man, if his wonderlic was 9, I would hate to see what Quinnen Williams scored!! Gary sounds like a genius compared to him!

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