Matt Chatham

  • LB, #58
  • Height: 6-4 Weight: 250
  • Yrs/Pat: 6
  • Acquired: CW (STL)-00
  • School: South Dakota
  • Major: English and Criminal Justice
  • Born: Jun 28, 1977 Newton IA

    Career Highlights

    • 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.

    College Highlights

    • 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.


    • 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.

    Extra Points

    • Matt participated in an internship with Esquire Magazine in New York City in the 2004 offseason. He planned 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.
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