The two-time super bowl champion, Matthew Slater, is often referred to as one of the energetic and accurate wide receivers in the National Football League (NFL). This is no surprise to most of his fans as it is an obvious fact that he got his athletic genes from his old man, Jackie Slater who was also an American football star during his heydays with the Los Angeles Rams.
Matthew played collegiate football at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before joining the New England Patriots of the National Football League in 2008 as he was selected with the 153rd overall pick in the fifth round of that year’s draft. Ever since he joined the team, he has proved his loyalty with them, playing for over a decade and contributing immensely to the growth of the team. Having starred in his games, a lot of his fans have been inquisitive about the many details of his life, read on to find out more about him.
Matthew Slater Biography
Born as Matthew Wilson Slater on the 9th of September, 1985, in Orange, California, the footballer is one of the two children of retired NFL star, Jackie Slater and Annie Slater. Growing up was quite beautiful for the youngster as he had most of his football dreams aligned by his father who was a guru in the game.
With the lessons he learned from his father, Matthew joined Servite High School Football team, surprising the team with his remarkable athletic stints on the field, meanwhile, he also starred as a sprinter. Matthew Slater’s records in his junior year show that he totaled 23 catches for 333 yards, he also pulled off 2 touchdowns. As a senior, he improved drastically at his games and recorded 39 catches for 707 yards while managing 5 touchdowns. His performances as a sprinter earned him several accolades including the Orange County Register Boys Track.
High school days ran by quickly and the football chap moved on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). On getting there, Matthew Slater excelled at most of his games. Irrespective of the fact that the footballer was redshirted throughout his freshman days, he surprised the team with 9 tackles during his first few games with them and by the following years, he totaled 25 tackles.
Unlike most collegiate athletes who drop out of school to pursue their football career, Matthew graduated with a degree in political science before indicating his interest in joining the big league (NFL). That same year, the New England Patriots brought his big dreams to the limelight as he was chosen by the team with the 153rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He made his first opener with the team in the following season and partook in 14 games. Throughout that season, the footballer recorded six tackles on special teams and as a wide receiver, he rushed for six yards. He also returned 11 kickoffs for 269 yards, a 24.5 average and a career-high 35-yard kickoff return. The following season started with a slack but he recuperated and totaled 21 special teams tackles in 15 games.
Matthew Slater played with his team against the Miami Dolphins and made a whopping display of catching 46-yard reception from Tom Brady. In a rumble tumble with the Indiana Colts, the footballer forced a fumble and finished the game with a team-high six tackles. During the postseason AFC Divisional, he recorded just a single special team tackle. Mathew has two super bowl wins to his name.
His Net Worth
Matthew Slater’s contract with the Patriots in 2018 was a 2-year deal worth $5,200,000 with a $1,000,000 signing bonus, a guarantee of $1,000,000, and an average annual salary of $2,600,000. In 2019, it is expected that he will earn a base salary of $1,600,000, a roster bonus of $800,000, and a workout bonus of $100,000 while carrying a cap hit of $3,000,000 and a dead cap value of $500,000. In all of these, he is said to have a net worth of $3 million.
Spouse and Family
Mathew found love with an Ivy League-educated doctor, Shahrzad Ehdaivand. Sources say that the two had known each other for a long time, however, there are no details of how they met. The couple got married in 2015 and also welcomed a baby boy name Jeremiah a few months after.
His Height and Weight
Matthew Slater on the field is best known for his speed, he has a firm body physique and is, of course, one of the hottest dudes in his team. He stands at 6 feet and weighs 93 Kg.