Tom Matte dies at 82

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Former Colts running back and Ravens radio announcer Tom Matte has died at the age of 82.

The Ravens announced his death on Wednesday. The team called him “a legendary figure in this community and in the football world.”

Matte played for the Colts from 1961-1972 and he ranks sixth in team history with 4,646 rushing yards. He’s third all-time in rushing touchdowns with 45 and also caught 249 passes for 2,869 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Matte also ran for three touchdowns against the Browns to put the Colts into Super Bowl III and ran 11 times for 116 yards in a losing effort. He would win a Super Bowl ring two years later, but he did not play in the Colts’ win over the Cowboys.

Another memorable playoff outing came after the 1965 season when the Colts started him at quarterback with Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo injured. The Packers beat them to advance to the NFL championship game on a field goal that some Baltimore players contended did not go through the uprights.

Matte went on to work for the Ravens from 1996 through 2005.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones on their loss.

15 responses to “Tom Matte dies at 82

  1. Met him at our local parish oyster roast in NE Baltimore about 5 years ago. He was a great guy, old school and very approachable. Worked at various jobs after football and probably during his playing days as well. Very different era and very down to earth people who were more than players – they were part of the community.

  2. The Colts were robbed on the field goal. I barely remember him being pressed into emergency service. Thanks for the memories.

  3. It’s a common practice now, but in one of Matte’s games (his first) he had the plays written on an arm pad. I remember the story as being written on his cast, but that just doesn’t sound right.

  4. Always tough to lose such a respectable human being in the football world much less the rest of it. Seems to be fewer and fewer of them these days.

    Rest in peace.

  5. Another great player from the 60’s passes away. Those Colts/Packers games back then were always hard fought games. Condolences to the family.

  6. Awesomely talented: could run the ball, catch the ball, even pass when the play called for it, and filled the role of kicker on more than one occasion for the legendary Baltimore/Johnny Unitas Colts of the late ’50’s and ’60’s.

    RIP #41

  7. Matte was versatile and I swear would have done anything to help the Colts win. He loved playing the game. I loved his stories of Unitas, Curtis, Orr, Mackey…the list goes on. He was loyal to his teammates. He respected Unitas immensely. He was loyal to Baltimore. This generation is not so slowly disappearing.

    RIP #41. Baltimore will miss you.

  8. Came to the site to see which team you posted this sad news with. Thank you! Great man led a great life.

  9. A true legend. A man who played his best in the big games, and he was in a lot of big games. They don’t make players like this anymore. Godspeed. RIP.

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