Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former professional American football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for 19 seasons, from 1983 to 2001, for the Houston Oilers franchise, later renamed the Tennessee Titans during his tenure. Highly versatile, throughout his NFL career he played every position on the offensive line, starting in 99 games as a left guard, 87 as a center, 67 as a right guard, 22 as a right tackle, and 17 as a left tackle. Having never missed a game due to injury, his 292 NFL games started is the second most of all time.
Matthews played college football for the University of Southern California, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American for the USC Trojans football team as a senior. He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Oilers. He was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, tied for the most in NFL history, and a nine-time first-team All-Pro. Matthews was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, and his number 74 jersey is retired by the Titans.
After retiring as a player, Matthews served as an assistant coach for the Houston Texans and Titans. A member of the Matthews family of football players, he is the brother of linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.; father of center Kevin Matthews and tackle Jake Matthews; and uncle of linebacker Clay Matthews III and safety Casey Matthews.
Bruce Rankin Matthews (nacido el 8 de agosto de 1961) es un ex jugador profesional de fútbol americano que fue liniero ofensivo en la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Americano (NFL) durante 19 temporadas, de 1983 a 2001, en la franquicia de los Houston Oilers, que posteriormente pasaron a llamarse Tennessee Titans durante su mandato. Muy versátil, a lo largo de su carrera en la NFL jugó en todas las posiciones de la línea ofensiva, siendo titular en 99 partidos como guardia izquierdo, 87 como central, 67 como guardia derecho, 22 como tackle derecho y 17 como tackle izquierdo. Al no haberse perdido nunca un partido por lesión, sus 292 partidos como titular en la NFL son la segunda mayor cantidad de todos los tiempos.
Matthews jugó al fútbol universitario en la Universidad del Sur de California, donde fue reconocido como All-American por el equipo de fútbol de los USC Trojans en su último año. Fue seleccionado en la primera ronda del Draft de la NFL de 1983 por los Oilers. Fue seleccionado en 14 ocasiones para la Pro Bowl, el mayor número de veces en la historia de la NFL, y nueve veces para el primer equipo All-Pro. Matthews ingresó en el Salón de la Fama del Fútbol Americano en 2007, y su camiseta con el número 74 está retirada por los Titanes.
Después de retirarse como jugador, Matthews fue entrenador asistente de los Houston Texans y los Titans. Miembro de la familia de jugadores de fútbol americano Matthews, es hermano del linebacker Clay Matthews Jr; padre del center Kevin Matthews y del tackle Jake Matthews; y tío del linebacker Clay Matthews III y del safety Casey Matthews.
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