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TE Niklas related to OT Jake Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2014 – 11:55 am

Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas, who is being hosted by the Bills on a pre-draft visit today (Tuesday), has some pretty impressive NFL bloodlines.

Niklas is the nephew of Hall of Fame OL Bruce Matthews.

“Going back to my childhood I always wanted to play in the NFL, watching my uncle (Bruce Matthews) play in the league,” said Niklas. “Seeing him get inducted in the Hall of Fame.”

His relation to the Matthews family is through his mother. Niklas’ mom and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews’ mother are sisters. Matthews is projected as a top 10 prospect. As a result Niklas has no relation to Green Bay pass rusher Clay Matthews.

“Our families have spent some time in Texas. I knew him before he got big,” said Niklas of his Aggie cousin.

 


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Another Matthews family tie at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 11:16 pm

By now everyone knows that Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame OL Bruce Matthews and the cousin of Green Bay pass rusher Clay Matthews. But there is another Matthews family relative at this year’s NFL Combine who is also about to embark on an NFL career.

He’s Notre Dame TE Troy Nicklas.

“I always wanted to play in the NFL, watching my uncle play in the league and seeing him get inducted in the Hall of Fame,” said Nicklas of his uncle Bruce Matthews.

“Jake Matthews and I are cousins,” he said. “His mom and my mom are sisters.”

So it will be two more relatives from the Matthews family to add to the impressive NFL family tree in May not just one.

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