Clay Matthews, the Pro Bowl linebacker for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, was in Williamsburg on Sunday to take part in William and Mary's Colonial All-Pro football camp. He showed youngsters, including one wearing a Peyton Manning jersey and another a Drew Brees one, how to get low and wrap up on tackles while exchanging exuberant high-fives and even a little trash talk.
"Who thinks they know how to tackle?" Matthews asked one group. Every member raised his hand. "Who thinks they can tackle me?" One brave, bespectacled boy kept his hand in the air.
NFL all-starts to appear in Williamsburg. Detroit Lions tackle and 2011 defensive player of the year Ndamukong Suh will make an appearance on Monday, followed by Green Bay quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday.
Matthews said Rodgers has solidified his place in the hearts of Green Bay fans - even those who might still have a soft spot for a certain grizzled QB who preceded him.
"This is Aaron's team," Matthews said. "The quarterback is the most important position in any sport, and he's definitely going to take us far. Obviously you need other players around him. He'll be the first one to admit that, but without him, we wouldn't be in the position we are today. He's a fantastic athlete and he's a fantastic person."
On Campus: Clay Matthews says Packers QB Rodgers has locked up support of Green Bay
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