Shane Matthews

American football player and coach (born 1970)

American football player
Shane Matthews
No. 9, 6
Position:Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1970-06-01) June 1, 1970 (age 53)
Cleveland, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Pascagoula (Pascagoula, Mississippi)
College:Florida
Undrafted:1993
Career history
As a player:
  • Chicago Bears (1993–1996)
  • Carolina Panthers (1997–1998)*
  • Chicago Bears (1999–2001)
  • Washington Redskins (2002)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2003)*
  • Buffalo Bills (2004–2005)
  • Miami Dolphins (2006)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:839
Completions:492
Passing yards:4,756
TD–INT:31–24
Passer rating:75.0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael Shane Matthews (born June 1, 1970) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for all or part of fourteen seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He played college football for the Florida Gators, where he was both a second-team All-American and SEC player of the year in 1991 and 1992. Thereafter, he played professionally for the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and four other NFL teams. Since retiring as a player, Matthews has lived near his college alma mater in North Central Florida, where he has hosted a sports talk radio program and coached high school football. In 2017, Matthews pled guilty to having unwittingly played a small part in a large health care fraud organized by former Florida teammate Monty Grow.[1]

Early life

Matthews was born in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1970.[2] He attended Cleveland High School in Cleveland through his sophomore year, before transferring to Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi,[3] where he played high school football for the Pascagoula Panthers. Matthews was a stand-out high school quarterback and was named the Mississippi Player of the Year as a senior.

College career

Matthews accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and was the starting quarterback for the Gators teams under coach Steve Spurrier from 1990 to 1992.[4] In Matthews' first season as a starter in 1990, the Gators finished 9–2 overall and a league best record of 6–1 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC); in his second season in 1991, the Gators finished 10–2 overall and 7–0 in the SEC, winning their first official SEC football championship.[4][5] Matthews set a new Gators team record for career passing yards (later surpassed), finished fifth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting as a junior, and was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1990, 1991 and 1992.[4][6] He finished his college career having completed 722 of 1,202 attempts for 9,287 yards and seventy-four touchdowns, and was a team captain and the Gators' most valuable player during his final season.[4] He led the SEC in passing for three consecutive years (1990–1992), and finished with a career efficiency rating of 137.6.[4]

Matthews graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1997, and he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2002.[7][8] In a 2006 article series regarding the top 100 Florida Gators from the first 100 years of Florida football, The Gainesville Sun recognized him as the No. 9 all-time Gator player.[9]

Professional career

1993–98

After finishing his college career, Matthews was signed by the Chicago Bears in 1993. In 1996, his daughter, Brooke was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He remained the Bears' back-up and third-string quarterback for four seasons. Matthews did not appear in a regular season game with the Bears until 1996.[3] Matthews spent the next two years with the Carolina Panthers, but remained a seldom-used back-up.

1999–2002

The Bears brought Matthews back for the 1999 season and in his second stint with the team he played a much bigger role.[10] Matthews had his best season in the NFL in 1999, starting seven games, throwing for 1,645 yards and ten touchdowns.[10] Matthews played the next two seasons with the Bears, starting a total of eight games in that span.[10] He also relieved starter Jim Miller in the 2002 (2001 NFL season) playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, after Miller separated his shoulder and could not continue.

In 2002, Matthews signed with the Washington Redskins, where he played for his former college coach Steve Spurrier. Matthews started seven games for the Redskins, throwing for 1,251 yards and eleven touchdowns while sharing time with fellow former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel.[3]

2003–06

After 2002, Matthews returned to his back-up role with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003 (no appearances) and the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005 (three appearances, no starts).[10] In 2005, he was on the roster of the Bills, but was the third-string quarterback behind J. P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb. Matthews did not appear in a regular season game during the 2005 NFL season,[3] and retired after the end of the 2005 season.

In December 2006, Matthews was signed as the third-string quarterback for the Dolphins after former starter Daunte Culpepper was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Matthews did not get into a game with the Dolphins, and on March 2, 2007, he again retired from the NFL.

Over his fourteen NFL seasons, Matthews played in thirty-two regular season games, started twenty-two of them, and completed 492 of 839 passing attempts for 4,756 yards and thirty-one touchdowns.[2]

Coaching career

While working in radio, Matthews remained involved in football by teaching at off-season football camps and volunteering at youth leagues. In 2009, he was hired to be the quarterbacks coach for the Purple Hurricanes of Gainesville High School.[11] In 2012, Matthews was hired as the head coach of the Panthers football team of Allen D. Nease Senior High School in Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville.[11] He coached at Nease for two seasons and then resigned to spend more time with his family, who had continued to live in Gainesville while he commuted back and forth.[12]

In 2014, Matthews returned to coaching when he became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, joining a staff that included fellow Gator players Cooper Carlisle and Johnny Nichols. In 2016, he took the same position at Gainesville High School, where his son played quarterback.[13]

Matthews was officially hired by the Orlando Guardians on September 13, 2022, where he is currently serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive play caller.[14] On January 1, 2024, it was announced the Guardians would not be apart of the UFL Merger.

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Broadcasting career

Matthews began a career as a radio sports commentator soon after retiring from playing football in 2006. He has hosted or co-host several sports talk radio programs on WRUF-AM in Gainesville, and in 2008, he became a pregame and post-game co-host on Florida Gators football radio broadcasts. While working in that capacity in 2009, Matthews was chastised by then-Gator head coach Urban Meyer for criticizing his coaching decisions.[16]

Since 2020, he has also co-hosted and co-produced "Pod Up with Matthews in the Morning", a live streamed podcast that focuses on Florida Gators sports and features frequent appearances from former coaches and teammates.[17]

Florida football radio analyst

Before the 2021 football season, Matthews replaced veteran color analyst Lee McGriff on broadcasts of Florida football road games over the Gator Radio Network, joining long time play by play man Mick Hubert.[18] When McGriff and Hubert both retired before the 2022 season, Matthews became the full time analyst for Gator football radio broadcasts alongside new play by play man Sean Kelly.[19]

Personal life

Matthews settled in North Central Florida with his wife and two sons after his playing career ended in 2006.[19] His son Luke played quarterback under his father's tutelege at Gainesville High School and then walked on to the Florida Gators' squad in 2019.[20]

TRICARE fraud

In January 2015, Mathews was approached by former teammate Monty Grow with an offer to join the marketing team at MGTEN, Grow's health care referral company. Matthews accepted the part-time position as it allowed him to continue coaching high school football, and he earned over $400,000 from the company before leaving several months later.[21] In early 2016, he was approached by federal investigators looking into fraudulent business practices by MGTEN, including paying illegal kickbacks for patient referrals and bilking $20 million from TRICARE, a federal government health plan for U.S. military families.[22] Matthews claimed that he did not know that the company's activities were unlawful and cooperated with the investigation, which ended in Grow's felony conviction in 2018. Matthews pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was required to pay a forfeiture equal to the money he earned and serve three months in a federal prison.[1][21]

See also

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References

  1. ^ a b Andreu, Robbie (February 5, 2018). "Former Florida QB sentenced in fraud case - GatorSports.com". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Pro-Football-reference.com, Players, Shane Matthews. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d databaseFootball.com, Players, Shane Matthews Archived February 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 77, 86, 88, 97, 98, 101, 103, 125, 127, 141–142, 146–148, 159, 162, 183 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1990–1994 Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  6. ^ Sports-Reference.com, College Football, 1991 Heisman Trophy Voting. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  7. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Nine Former Gators Named to UF Hall of Fame," GatorZone.com (April 4, 2002). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 9 Shane Matthews," The Gainesville Sun (August 25, 2006). Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d National Football League, Historical Players, Shane Matthews. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Justin Barney, "Nease hires former Gators QB Shane Matthews as its coach," The Florida Times-Union (January 16, 2012). Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  12. ^ High Schools Notebook: Shane Matthews resigns as Nease football coach to spend more time with family | members.jacksonville.com
  13. ^ Brand, Aaron (August 13, 2016). "High School Football Spotlight: Gainesville Hurricanes". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "XFL Finalizes Coaching and Football Operations Staffs for All Eight Teams". www.xfl.com. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  15. ^ "Orlando Guardians won't move forward after USFL-XFL merger". Orlando Sentinel. January 1, 2024. Retrieved January 1, 2024.
  16. ^ Meyer Bristles At Gator Criticism – Sun Sentinel
  17. ^ ainslie15 (July 23, 2020). "Shane Matthews: The Underdog Turned Under Appreciated". GatorBait Media. Retrieved September 22, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ "McGriff's 'Granddad' Hiatus Puts Matthews on Mic". Florida Gators. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  19. ^ a b Brockway, Kevin (August 13, 2022). "Former UF quarterback Shane Matthews talks about new role on Gators football radio team". gatorsports.com. The Gainesville Sun.
  20. ^ Andreu, Robbie (March 25, 2020). "Shane Matthews' report on Gators quarterbacks". GatorSports.com. The Gainesville Sun.
  21. ^ a b Magee, Patrick (February 8, 2018). "Pascagoula football legend says he was duped by ex-teammate in $20M healthcare fraud conspiracy". Biloxi SunHerald. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  22. ^ Weaver, Jay (February 6, 2018). "Former Florida football player convicted of $20 million healthcare fraud conspiracy". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 23, 2020.

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