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58 Matt Chatham LB
Matthew Chatham was born the son of Jeff and Brenda Chatham on June 28, 1977 in Newton, Iowa ... Played wide receiver and safety at Sioux City (Iowa) High ... Caught 19 passes for 426 yards and notched five interceptions during his senior season ... Earned all-state honors in football and baseball ... Matt has spent time working with the Rhode Island Special Olympics during his career ... Matt and his wife, Erin, were married in the summer of 2001 ... Was a double major in English and Criminal Justice at South Dakota.
Matt Chatham was claimed off waivers from St. Louis by the New England Patriots on Aug. 28, 2000 ... Originally signed by St. Louis as a rookie free agent on (04/26/99) ... Released by the Rams (06/26/99) ... Re-signed by the Rams (02/11/00) ... Waived by the Rams (08/25/00) ... Placed on injured reserve by the Patriots (11/22/00) ... Waived by the Patriots (09/02/01) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (09/04/01) ... Signed to the Patriots active roster (09/23/01) ... Released by the Patriots (09/25/01) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (09/26/01) ... Signed to the Patriots active roster (10/03/01) ... Placed on injured reserve (12/11/02) ... Placed on physically unable to perform list (09/05/04) ... Activated from physically unable to perform list (10/24/04).
Career GP/GS: 66/4 (11/0)
Chatham has totaled 38 defensive tackles and 54 special teams tackles during his five-year career with the Patriots.
Entering 2005, Chatham had recorded 52 special teams tackles for the Patriots over the previous four seasons, ranking him second on the team behind special teams captain Larry Izzo (101 special teams tackles).
Chatham started four games at outside linebacker in 2003, earning his first career start against Tennessee (10/05/03), and then starting for the next three games.
Chatham scored his first career touchdown in the Patriots’ 17-6 win over the Giants (10/12/03), scooping up a loose ball and returning it 38 yards to the end zone.
Chatham recorded his first career sack with a big hit on Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb in the Patriots 31-10 win over the Eagles (09/14/03).
Chatham recorded two special teams tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII, including a hit that sealed the championship for New England as he dropped Carolina’s Rod Smart on the final play of the game.
Chatham totaled 74 tackles (41 solo) and one interception during his senior year at South Dakota ... Earned second team all-North Central Conference and All-Academic NCC honors following his junior season ... Credited with 95 tackles and six interceptions as a junior.
2005 (15/0/0/1): Finished tied for third on the team with 17 special teams tackles.
Oakland (9/8): Registered a solo special teams tackle in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night. at Carolina (9/18): Saw action on special teams coverage units and tied for the team lead with two tackles. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Saw action as a reserve at linebacker and registered two tackles in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over the Steelers ... Collected one tackle on special teams coverage units ... Teamed with Ty Warren to stuff Willie Parker for no gain on a rush up the middle in the first quarter. San Diego (10/2): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. at Atlanta (10/9): Inactive. at Denver (10/16): Saw action on special teams coverage units. Buffalo (10/30): Notched a tackle on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Collected a special teams stop on coverage units. at Miami (11/13): Tallied a special teams tackle on coverage units in the Patriots' 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins. New Orleans (11/20): Collected a special teams stop in the Patriots' 24- 17 win over the Saints. at Kansas City (11/27): Registered a special teams tackle on coverage units. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles in the Patriots' 16-3 victory over the Jets. at Buffalo (12/11): Collected a special teams tackle in the Patriots' commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills. Tampa Bay (12/17): Tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles in the Patriots' 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Played on special teams coverage units and saw action at outside linebacker in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Jets. Miami (1/1): Saw significant action at middle linebacker and collected five solo tackles, a sack and a pass defensed ... Broke up a pass intended for Randy McMichael in the second quarter ... Sacked Gus Frerotte for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter ... Combined with Tully Banta-Cain to stuff Ricky Williams for a 3-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the fourth quarter.
2005 Postseason (2/0/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Collected a solo special teams stop in the Patriots’ 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars. at Denver (1/14): Played on special teams protection units.
2004 (5/0, 3/0): Participated in five games since being activated off the PUP list prior to the N.Y. Jets contest on Oct. 24, 2004 … Registered six special teams tackles. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Played on special teams and tallied a solo stop on coverage units in the Patriots’ 13-7 win over the N.Y. Jets. at Pittsburgh (10/31): Participated on special teams coverage units and tallied a special teams stop against the Steelers. at St. Louis (11/7): Recorded three special teams stops in the Patriots’ 40-22 road win against the Rams. Baltimore (11/28): Tallied a solo tackle on special teams in the Patriots’ 24-3 victory over the Ravens. Indianapolis (1/16): Tallied two special teams tackles on coverage units in the Patriots’ 20-3 victory over the Colts. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Recorded a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage units in the Patriots’ 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers. Philadelphia (2/6): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
2003 (16/4, 3/0): Started four games at outside linebacker and played in all 16 contests … Ranked fourth on the team with 19 special teams tackles … Made a career-high 34 tackles (22 solo) from the outside linebacker spot … Started his first career game at linebacker (10/05/03) … Made four consecutive starts from Weeks Five through Eight … Registered his first career touchdown (10/12/03). Philadelphia (9/14): Saw action on special teams and at linebacker in the fourth quarter … Recorded his first career sack with a jarring hit on Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Anthony Pleasant … Made a key play to down a punt on the Philadelphia three-yard line. Tennessee (10/5): Made his first career start at outside linebacker … Tallied eight tackles (4 solo) … Combined with Ty Warren to stuff Eddie George for a two-yard loss in the first quarter … Combined with Rodney Harrison to stonewall Robert Holcombe for a one-yard loss on first-and-goal in the fourth quarter … Helped limit former Pro Bowler Eddie George to just 35 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.3 avg.). N.Y. Giants (10/12): Started at outside linebacker and recorded five tackles (4 solo) … Registered his first career touchdown on a 38-yard fumble recovery return after Tyrone Poole stripped Tiki Barber of the ball in the first quarter … Combined with Jarvis Green to sack Kerry Collins for a three-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Miami (10/19): Started for the third week in a row and tallied seven tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots’ thrilling 19-13 overtime victory over the Dolphins … Stuffed Ricky Williams for a four-yard loss on a run off right end in the third quarter. Cleveland (10/26): Started at outside linebacker and tallied one tackle in defensive play … Registered a special teams stop. Denver (11/3): Registered two special teams tackles and tallied an assist in defensive play. Dallas (11/16): Registered two solo tackles in defensive play and one special teams tackle … Downed a punt at the Cowboys’ eight-yard line in the second quarter. Indianapolis (11/30): Notched two tackles as a linebacker in defensive play and tallied two solo tackles in special teams play. Miami (12/7): Recorded two special teams tackles. Jacksonville (12/14): Registered a solo tackle and tallied two special teams tackles. Buffalo (12/27): Saw significant action at outside linebacker and notched five tackles (4 solo) and a fumble recovery … Tallied two special teams tackles … Helped preserve the shutout by recovering a fumble deep in Patriots territory in the fourth quarter. Tennessee (1/10): Registered a special teams tackle in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff victory over the Titans. Indianapolis (1/18): Saw action on special teams in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts … Participated at outside linebacker for a series in the fourth quarter. Carolina (2/1): Tallied two special teams tackles in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers … Tackled Carolina kick returner Rod Smart on the final play of the game to seal the championship for New England.
2002 (13/0): Finished second on the team with 15 special teams tackles (12 solos) … Notched at least one special teams tackle in five straight games (11/10—12/8) … Made two solo tackles in defensive play … Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 11, 2002. Pittsburgh (9/9): Recorded a career-high four special teams tackles (2 solos). N.Y. Jets (9/15): Led the team with three special teams tackles. Green Bay (10/13): Participated on special teams and in a reserve role at linebacker … Made a solo tackle in defensive play, dropping Ahman Green on a big hit in the third quarter. Buffalo (12/8): Recorded two special teams tackles (1 solo).
2001 (11/0; 3/0): Finished third on team with 12 special teams tackles … Also totaled two solo defensive tackles during the regular season … Participated on special teams in all three postseason games and totaled three tackles. N.Y. Jets (9/23): Amassed two solo tackles at linebacker and one special teams tackle in his first action of the season. Indianapolis (10/21): Accumulated three special teams tackles against the Colts. Atlanta (11/4): Recorded two solo tackles in special teams play. Miami (12/22): Registered two solo tackles in special teams play as the Patriots limited the Dolphins to an average of 8.7 yards on three kickoff returns. Carolina (1/6): Notched two special teams tackles as the Patriots held the Panthers to nine yards on three punt returns (3.0 avg.). Oakland (1/19): Recorded two special teams tackles … Teamed with Larry Izzo to drop Raiders punt returner Charles Woodson for a 3-yard loss.
2000 (6/0): Played in six games during the 2000 season, exclusively on special teams … Recorded two special teams tackles. Tampa Bay (9/3): Recorded one special teams tackle on a kickoff return in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Played on special teams unit that limited Jets returners to five yards on four punt returns. Indianapolis (10/22): Contributed one special teams tackle.
1999 (0/0 - St. Louis): Chatham was signed by the Rams as a rookie free agent but was released prior to the regular season.
Matt participated in an internship with Esquire Magazine in New York City in the 2004 offseason. He plans to pursue a writing career and attend law school following his pro football career.
Matt attended the Salvation Army Holiday Party at Gillette Stadium in 2003, visiting with nearly 500 underprivileged youths and brightening their holiday season.