VYPE HOF: Elkins’ Matthews making his own name in NFL

Jake Matthews was a quiet leader for Elkins and now finds himself in the NFL


The first-family of Houston-area football has a pedigree like no other.

Bruce Matthews is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, who starred for the hometown team Houston Oilers. His brother Clay was a long-time NFL veteran for the Cleveland Browns. Bruce had sons Kevin, Jake and Mike, who all played at Elkins, Texas A&M and the NFL.

The most decorated so far has been Jake – a 2010 US Army All-American and Parade and USA Today All-American. The 6-foot-5 lineman signed with Texas A&M and dominated in the Southeastern Conference.

Living up to a legendary name like the Matthews’ is tough, but Jake has done it with flying colors. The now-Atlanta Falcon, Matthews has been named to the second class of the VYPE Hall of Fame, which will be inducted at the VYPE Awards presented by Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine April 28th at Stereo Live.

After staring for the Aggies, he was drafted No. 6 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. Like his father, he has become a mainstay at tackle. He played in a Super Bowl in his second season and was named an NFL Pro Bowler for the first time in 2018.

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