Mag Minute: Eagles LB Casey Matthews

August, 3, 2012
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Casey Matthews is a member of a football family that rivals the Mannings. His dad, Clay Matthews Jr., played 19 years in the NFL, as did his uncle Bruce, who made 14 Pro Bowls.

Casey's oldest brother, Kyle, played on USC's 2003 national championship team, and his brother Clay has made a splash in the NFL as a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.

Casey talked to ESPN The Magazine about Justin Timberlake, Steven Seagal and which position he would least like to play.

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Casey Matthews

What: Philadelphia Eagles linebacker

Age: 23

Hometown: Northridge, Calif.

School: Oregon

Size: 6’1”, 245 lbs.

Claim to fame: Brother of Clay and Kyle Matthews

What question are you asked most by the media?

“What’s it like being a Matthews?”

Which pro athlete would you never want to trade places with?

Any kicker, with their high-pressure situations.

What was the last thing you Googled?

The location of all of the Cold Stone Creameries in Philadelphia.

If you were a talk show host, who would be your first guest?

Justin Timberlake. He can sing and act, and he’s hilarious.

Who would you want to play you in your biopic?

A younger Steven Seagal, before he became fat.

What’s the most embarrassing CD you own?

Ke$ha. But she produces hits, man.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

My brother, at the combine, told me to be patient. It’s a long process. “Be patient, and you’ll be fine.”

And the worst?

Also my brother. He said, “Go out and get fined by the NFL. If you get fined, you’re doing something right.”

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Any ice cream. And SweetTarts.

What do you like best about your job?

Being around my teammates.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Having nothing to do, not having to worry about being anywhere.

If you could go back and change one decision you made in your life, what would it be?

Retiring from baseball. I could’ve been pretty good.

Who is one person you met but you wish you had spent more time with?

Johnny Drama, from "Entourage" [Kevin Dillon]. I met him at the Super Bowl last year. He was a funny guy, but he wandered off pretty quickly.
Sam Alipour is a Senior Writer at ESPN Magazine and contributor to ESPN and ESPN.com. Contact him at sam.alipour@gmail.com and on Twitter.

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