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Clay Matthews, Sr.

Born: Aug 1, 1928

Birthplace: Charleston

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Clay Matthews, Sr.

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1928
Birth Place : Charleston

William Clay Matthews, Sr. is a former American football offensive tackle for four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. His career was interrupted by the Korean War, and Matthews became a paratrooper for the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. In 1953, he returned to the 49ers for three more seasons. He played college football at Georgia Tech and was selected in the 25th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but never played for them. After playing football, Clay Sr. had a successful business career, culminating in the 1980s as the president of Pertec Peripherals Corporation of Chatsworth, CA, a manufacturer of magnetic tape and disk drives for computers. While president Clay held quarterly management dinner meetings where he would give a presentation on an aspect of business management. Two of his more memorable observations were "In business, cash is everything. I've seen a lot of businesses that were profitable as heck, but come Friday they couldn't make their payroll. They were out of business. I've seen a business losing a million dollars a month, but they had $25 million in the bank, they were in great shape."


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