Just when Clay Matthews was back at practice, his return has hit another road-block. In a press conference Thursday morning, Matthews’ hamstring, affectionately known to the team as “Hammy” announced that he will retire immediately after seven and a half years in the league.
“I can’t thank the Packer organization and Clay Matthews’ Semitendonosis enough for over seven years of great memories, said Hammy, “but at the end of the day, we felt it was time to hang it up. I will certainly miss not just playing the game but the camaraderie in the locker room…snapping Glute with a towel after a long shower….rubbing Icy Hot on adducter magnus….ahhh…those were the days. But the injuries pile up and one day you get to a point where you say to yourself, “I know I want to still play, I just don’t know if I can.”
As is well known to Packers fans, Matthews’ hamstrings have been fighting the injury bug for multiple years. Since coming into the league the sack master and Bloodline has been hampered by Hammy just not being able to stay healthy. For his part, Clay Matthews, though saddened by the news, seemed to understand.
“You have to do what is best for yourself and your family,” said Clay, “Hammy will be missed but perhaps with some of the new technologies out there I can get a hamstring that will allow me to be on the field for more than six games a year so, there is maybe a silver lining.”
Until that silver lining is found, there is no telling when Clay Matthews will be able to get back on the field.