Linebacker Clay Matthews will be honored on Saturday July 20 as the team’s MVP during the 43rd annual Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
According to a team press release:
Matthews authored another outstanding season in 2012, leading the team as one of the NFL’s most dynamic, impactful and versatile defenders. Wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, he became the first player in franchise history to earn Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first four seasons in the league. Matthews flourished in his transition back to right outside linebacker and played in 12 games, posting 60 tackles (45 solo), including 13 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. Matthews’ sack total was the second highest of his career, ranking fifth in the NFL and second in the NFC, despite missing a month of action due to injury. The 2012 season also marked his third double-digit sack campaign, placing him third all-time in team history behind defensive ends Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Reggie White (four). Matthews also started both playoff games in 2012 and added three sacks, bringing his career playoff total to 7½, trailing only White for the most in franchise postseason history.
Matthews missed four games due to injury in 2012. For an honor that doesn’t appear to discriminate between offense and defense, it seems a little unusual that Matthews would be named the team MVP ahead of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Defensive lineman Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, kicker Chris Jacke and contributor Emil Fischer will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.