Matthew Slater wears a lot of hats for the Patriots. He’s a receiver, safety and special team’s captain for the AFC Champions.
He’s a very different player than his father, Jackie Slater, who played offensive tackle for the Rams for 20 seasons.
The elder Slater played in Super Bowl XIV in 1979, which Matthew says he’s seen plenty of times on tape.
“The first time I might have been five or six and the last time might have been a couple years ago. We’ve watched it quite a few times,” Matthew said Sunday from Indianapolis, where he is getting reading to play in his first Super Bowl.
“I’ve (been) getting the play-by-play synopsis over and over ever since I was a youngster. It meant a lot to him. This opportunity means a lot to me and him, too.”
Matthew earned his first Pro Bowl this season as a special teams performer. The selection makes the Slater’s one of five active father-son families selected to at least one Pro Bowl apiece. Jackie made seven Pro Bowls during his career.
Matthew has leaned on his father’s Super Bowl experience to help him in his own experience this year.
“He told me just do everything I can to prepare myself for the game on Sunday so that I can live with no regrets,” Matthew said. “Realizing that this opportunity is not guaranteed to me in my career again, so just do everything I can to take advantage of the opportunity and maximize it, so at the end of the day, I have no regrets at all.”
The Rams lost that Super Bowl to the Steelers in 1979. Matthew said whenever they talk about it, Jackie has to remind his son how close he was with the Rams leading in the fourth quarter of that game.
Winning Sunday might give Jackie a small piece of the victory he never got to experience as a player and that would be alright by Matthew.
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