Matt Suhey

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Matt Suhey
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Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1958-07-07) July 7, 1958 (age 63)
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: State College Area
(State College, Pennsylvania)
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1980  / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:148
Games Started:100
Rushing Yards:2,946
Average:3.6
Touchdowns:20
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Matthew Jerome Suhey (born July 7, 1958) is a former professional American football player, playing fullback for ten seasons in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. He won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears season while scoring a touchdown in the game and was named to the Pennsylvania Football All-Century Team. [1]

Before his NFL career, Suhey played college football at Penn State from 1976-1979, rushing for 2,818 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also catching 39 passes for 328 yards and 2 scores, along with 21 punt returns for 252 yards and another touchdown. [2]

Suhey was the lead blocker and friend of Walter Payton. He is also a close friend of the Payton family, and the executor of the Payton estate since the death of Walter. Although Suhey was never a leader in any statistical category, he was a fan favorite for his personality and blocking ability.

Matt Suhey is one of three sons of College Football Hall of Fame guard Steve Suhey to letter at Penn State University and a grandson of Hall of Fame Penn State player and coach Bob Higgins. His son, Joe Suhey, was a fullback at Penn State from 2007–2011. The Higgins–Suhey family is often referred to as the "first family of Penn State football" due to their affiliation with the program spanning four generations. [3]

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References

  1. Archived February 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Matt Suhey College Stats".
  3. "Ginger Suhey, Matriarch of Penn State First Family of Football, Dies". 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2014-06-01.