While addressing the media Wednesday in the first day of the NFL Combine, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews briefly addressed the possibility of playing for Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who also coached his father, Bruce, in Tennessee.
The younger Matthews is old enough to recall the latter years of his father’s career with the Titans, including Super Bowl XXXIV against the Rams. He gained occasional, albeit brief, interactions with Fisher during that time.
“I knew him a little bit, not too well,” Matthews said. “Obviously, my dad played for him and he’s got a great relationship with him. I was just a kid running around while my dad was playing. There is that connection for sure, but I would love to play for him.”
Matthews figures to be among the first offensive linemen chosen in this year’s draft, and with the second and 13th overall selections at their disposal, the 6’5”, 305-pound tackle could be available with the Rams on the clock.
Matthews spoke about the notion of following in the footsteps of his father, who was elected the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 following an 18-year NFL that included 14 consecutive Pro Bowls. Bruce Matthews played under Fisher for his final eight NFL seasons, and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of those years, which included three All-Pro selections.
Growing up in a third-generation NFL family as the son of one of the best to play his position, there was no shortage of instruction while Jake Matthews charted his own course for a future NFL career.
“He was always encouraging, whether it was deciding where I wanted to go to college or whatever it may be,” Matthews said of his father. “Whenever you have a Pro Football Hall of Famer to help you figure out the position, it’s definitely beneficial to make me the player I am today, I believe.”