Video: Shea McClellin Looks Up to Clay Matthews

The Boise State outside linebacker prospect talks about players he likes to watch in the NFL.

INDIANAPOLIS––After playing defensive end in college, Boise State's Shea McClellin might have to make the transition to outside linebacker in professional footballl.

McClellin is 6-3, 260 pounds and ended his college career with 20.5 sacks and 33 tackles for a loss.

At the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, he talked about how he watches Packers linebacker Clay Matthews as a model pass rusher...

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Oppy's picture

February 26, 2012 at 08:44 am

Is it safe to say this kid doesn't think of himself as a defensive player, but rather, a white defensive player?

I thought sports is supposed to be the great equalizer?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

February 26, 2012 at 08:58 am

When I was growing up, I idolized the white safeties at the University of Wisconsin, Jeff Messenger, Jason Doering, Jim Leonhard. White boys who grew up in northern Wisconsin that I could identify with. Not that I have anything against black athletes at all, and there are plenty of good ones I like as well.

I just can't fault him for finding guys he can identify with.

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Oppy's picture

February 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

It's Harmless Racism then, is what your saying? Because you automatically must identify with, and have more in common with a person who shares your melanin count.

It's a very common line of thought. I understand it's not hateful or meant to divide and separate.

It's racist just the same. The undertone is "I have more in common with a white athlete than a black athlete, therefore, I identify with the white athlete".

So, regardless if you are a suburban white kid who grew up middle class in a nuclear family, or if you are a small town rural white kid whose parents were drug addicts, bounced around foster homes, and lived a life of petty crime growing up, or a big-city white kid who was raised by his gay father and struggled with learning disabilities, or anything in-between, the bottom line is that you identify with one safety over the next because he's white? Because you couldn't possibly have more in common with a black safety, or an Asian safety?

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but I think I need to illustrate exactly how your train of thought on this subject- again, one I know is EXTREMELY common, and often not thought of as negative- is seriously flawed.

It's just like people drawing comparisons between Nelson and Wes Welker or Don Bebe for that matter. Seriously? Nothing alike. Except they're white. Jordy Nelson probably has more in common with Justin Harrell or CJ Wilson than he does Wes Welker. It's sad people can't get past color of skin.

*To be fair, you have pointed out your guys were all Northern WI guys, at least that's a tangible connection. I know there aren't exactly bunches and gobs of black athletes coming out of northern WI. That said, you still mention the color of their skin. As for this kids' heroes- Vrabel, Matthews, and Reed? Akron, OH, Tuscan, AZ and Northridge, CA. . Hard to say he's drawn to them because of similar surroundings growing up.

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PackerAaron's picture

February 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

<em>It’s racist just the same. The undertone is “I have more in common with a white athlete than a black athlete, therefore, I identify with the white athlete”.</em>

So human nature is racist. Got it.

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Oppy's picture

February 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Nagler, your comment means nothing at all. The immediate reaction to post "Little kids don't segregate based on color of skin" jumps out immediately.

I admire your automatic reaction to "defend" your guy- even though I don't feel I'm attacking him- but your Snark is not only misplaced, it lacks substance.

My point is- "White" doesn't have anything to do with common ground, any more than "black" does.

Human nature, one could argue, is to rape. So, that's cool?

Seriously, dude. Love ya, but you're talking loud, not saying anything.

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PackerAaron's picture

February 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

<em>Nagler, your comment means nothing at all.</em>

Much like the nonsense you're spouting.

Cheers.

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tundraboy's picture

February 26, 2012 at 02:12 pm

great logic i have to quote you

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Ravelstein's picture

February 27, 2012 at 07:19 am

McClellin will be a terrific 3-4 Olb.

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