Shane Matthews

Michael Shane Matthews (born June 1, 1970) is an American former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for all or part of fourteen seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and four other NFL teams. Since retiring as a player, Matthews has lived near his college alma mater in North Central Florida, where he has hosted a sports talk radio program and coached high school football. In 2017, Matthew pled guilty to having a small part in a large health care fraud organized by former Florida teammate Monty Grow.[1]

Shane Matthews
No. 9, 6
Personal information
Born:June 1, 1970 (age 48)
Cleveland, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Pascagoula (MS)
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:32
Games started:22
Pass attempts:839
Passing yards:4,756
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Matthews was born in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1970.[2] He attended Cleveland High School in Cleveland through his sophomore year, before transferring to Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi,[3] where he played high school football for the Pascagoula Panthers. Matthews was a stand-out high school quarterback and was named the Mississippi Player of the Year as a senior.

College career

Matthews accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and was the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators football team under coach Steve Spurrier from 1990 to 1992.[4] In Matthews' first season as a starter in 1990, the Gators finished 9–2 overall and a league best record of 6–1 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC); in his second season in 1991, the Gators finished 10–2 overall and 7–0 in the SEC, winning their first official SEC football championship.[4][5] Matthews set a new Gators team record for career passing yards (later surpassed), finished fifth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting as a junior, and was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1990, 1991 and 1992.[4][6] He finished his college career having completed 722 of 1,202 attempts for 9,287 yards and seventy-four touchdowns, and was a team captain and the Gators' most valuable player during his final season.[4] He led the SEC in passing for three consecutive years (1990–1992), and finished with a career efficiency rating of 137.6.[4]

Matthews graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1997, and he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2002.[7][8] In a 2006 article series regarding the top 100 Florida Gators from the first 100 years of Florida football, The Gainesville Sun recognized him as the No. 9 all-time Gator player.[9]

Professional career


After finishing his college career, Matthews was signed by the Chicago Bears in 1993. In 1996, his daughter, Brooke was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He remained the Bears' back-up and third-string quarterback for four seasons. Matthews did not appear in a regular season game with the Bears until 1996.[3] Matthews spent the next two years with the Carolina Panthers, but remained a seldom-used back-up.


The Bears brought Matthews back for the 1999 season and in his second stint with the team he played a much bigger role.[10] Matthews had his best season in the NFL in 1999, starting seven games, throwing for 1,645 yards and ten touchdowns.[10] Matthews played the next two season with the Bears, starting a total of eight games in that span.[10] He also relieved starter Jim Miller in the 2002 (2001 NFL season) playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, after Miller separated his shoulder and could not continue.

In 2002, Matthews signed with the Washington Redskins, where he played for his former college coach Steve Spurrier. Matthews started seven games for the Redskins, throwing for 1,251 yards and eleven touchdowns while sharing time with fellow former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel.[3]


After 2002, Matthews returned to his back-up role with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003 (no appearances) and the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005 (three appearances, no starts).[10] In 2005, he was on the roster of the Bills, but was the third-string quarterback behind J. P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb. Matthews did not appear in a regular season game during the 2005 NFL season,[3] and retired after the end of the 2005 season.

In December 2006, Matthews was signed as the third-string quarterback for the Dolphins after former starter Daunte Culpepper was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Matthews did get into a game with the Dolphins, and on March 2, 2007, he again retired from the NFL.

Over his fourteen NFL seasons, Matthews played in thirty-two regular season games, started twenty-two of them, and completed 492 of 839 passing attempts for 4,756 yards and thirty-one touchdowns.[2]

After football


After retiring from professional football, Matthews has hosted or co-hosted several sports talk radio shows in the North Central Florida market, including local post- and pregame shows for Florida Gators football. In 2009, Matthews was chastised by then-Gator head coach Urban Meyer for criticizing his coaching decisions on the air.[11]


While working in radio, Matthews remained involved in football by teaching at off-season football camps and volunteering at youth leagues. In 2009, he was hired to be the quarterbacks coach for the Purple Hurricanes of Gainesville High School.[12] In 2012, Matthews was hired as the head coach of the Panthers football team of Allen D. Nease Senior High School in Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville.[12] He coached at Nease for two seasons and then resigned to spend more time with his family, who had continued to live in Gainesville while he commuted back and forth.[13]

In 2014, Matthews returned to coaching when he became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, joining a staff that included fellow Gator players Cooper Carlisle and Johnny Nichols. In 2016, he took the same position at Gainesville High School, where his son played quarterback.[14]


In 2014, Mathews accepted an offer from former teammate Monty Grow to become part of the sales team with TRICARE, Grow's health care referral company. Matthews left the position in 2015 after earning over $400,000. In 2016, he was approached by federal investigators looking into illegal kickbacks and other fraudulent business practices at TRICARE. Matthews claimed that he did not know that the company's activities were unlawful and cooperated with the investigation, which ended with Grow's felony conviction in 2017. Matthews pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was required to pay a forfeiture equal to the money he earned and serve three months in a federal prison.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Andreu, Robbie (February 5, 2018). "Former Florida QB sentenced in fraud case -". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b, Players, Shane Matthews. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d, Players, Shane Matthews Archived February 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 77, 86, 88, 97, 98, 101, 103, 125, 127, 141–142, 146–148, 159, 162, 183 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1990–1994. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  6. ^, College Football, 1991 Heisman Trophy Voting. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  7. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Nine Former Gators Named to UF Hall of Fame," (April 4, 2002). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 9 Shane Matthews," The Gainesville Sun (August 25, 2006). Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d National Football League, Historical Players, Shane Matthews. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  11. ^ Meyer Bristles At Gator Criticism - Sun Sentinel
  12. ^ a b Justin Barney, "Nease hires former Gators QB Shane Matthews as its coach," The Florida Times-Union (January 16, 2012). Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  13. ^ High Schools Notebook: Shane Matthews resigns as Nease football coach to spend more time with family |
  14. ^ Brand, Aaron (August 13, 2016). "High School Football Spotlight: Gainesville Hurricanes". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved November 6, 2017.


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1990 All-SEC football team

The 1990 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Florida Gators posted the best conference record, but were ineligible for an SEC title due to NCAA probation. Thus the Tennessee Volunteers won the conference. Florida quarterback Shane Matthews was voted SEC Player of the Year.

1990 Florida Gators football team

The 1990 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season marked the return of the Gators' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier to his alma mater as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team.Spurrier's 1990 Florida Gators, while ineligible to win the SEC title or receive a bowl bid because of lingering NCAA probation, nevertheless posted a best-in-the-SEC record of 6–1 and an overall record of 9–2, and laid the foundation for the Gators' run of six SEC championships and a national title during the next decade. They finished thirteenth in the season's final AP Poll.

1991 All-SEC football team

The 1991 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1991 college football season.

The Florida Gators won the conference, posting an undefeated conference record. Florida quarterback Shane Matthews repeated as SEC Player of the Year.

1991 Florida Gators football team

The 1991 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators were led by quarterback Shane Matthews and first-team All-American defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.Spurrier's 1991 Florida Gators compiled the first-ever ten-win season in program history, an overall record of 10–2 and a perfect SEC record of 7–0.

1992 Florida Gators football team

The 1992 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's third as the Florida Gators football team's head coach, and the wins were harder to come by as the star-studded senior classes from 1990 and 1991 had graduated. The Gators racked up six tough Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the Kentucky Wildcats (35–19), LSU Tigers (28–21), Auburn Tigers (24–9), seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (26–24), South Carolina Gamecocks (14–9), and Vanderbilt Commodores (41–21). They also suffered two crushing SEC losses to the fourteenth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (14–31) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the twenty-fourth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–30) on a Thursday night in Starkville, Mississippi.

The Gators' non-conference schedule included a homecoming victory over the Louisville Cardinals (31–17), and another surprisingly difficult win over Southern Miss Golden Eagles (24–20). They closed their regular season with a road loss to the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (24–45) in Tallahassee.

The Gators finished their SEC schedule with a 6–2 conference record, placing first among the six teams of the new SEC Eastern Division and earning a berth in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in Birmingham, Alabama. Spurrier's scrappy young Gators, however, fell short against the SEC Western Division champion, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (21–28). The Crimson Tide later defeated the Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship.

Spurrier's 1992 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record, concluding their season with a victory over the twelfth-ranked NC State Wolfpack (27–10) in the Gator Bowl, and ranking tenth in the final AP Poll.

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Following the game, undefeated Alabama advanced to the Sugar Bowl, where the Crimson Tide defeated the Miami Hurricanes to win the Crimson Tide's 12th national championship. Florida received an invitation to play in the Gator Bowl, where the Gators defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

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The Florida Gators built an early 7–0 lead when their Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Shane Matthews, found All-SEC wide receiver Willie Jackson on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Florida led 10–0 at the end of the first quarter, after Arden Czyzewski added a 26-yard field goal to cap the quarter.

Czyzewski added a 24-yard field goal, early in the second quarter, allowing the Gators to take a 13–0 lead. Notre Dame quarterback Rick Mirer capped a methodical drive with a perfect 40-yard touchdown pass to wideout Lake Dawson, making it 13–7 Gators. The Gators led 16-7 at half, after Czyzewski's third field goal of the game. In the third quarter, Notre Dame got a 23-yard field goal from Kevin Pendergast, and a 4-yard touchdown pass form Rick Mirer to Irv Smith to take a 17–16 lead. Czyzewski's 37-yard field goal made it 19–17 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Czyzewski's fifth field goal of the game gave the Gators a 22–17 lead with just 13:45 remaining. Notre Dame's Jerome Bettis then took over the game, as he rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 49 yards, as Notre Dame grabbed a 32–22 lead. Florida quickly responded with a 36-yard score from Matthews to Harrison Houston with 2:28 left to make it 32–28.

Notre Dame put the game out of reach following Bettis's third rushing touchdown of the game, a 39-yarder, to make the final score 39–28. Bettis finished the game with 150 yards rushing. Florida quarterback Shane Matthews set Sugar Bowl records for passing yards (370), and completions (28). Florida lost despite outgaining Notre Dame 511–433, and committing only two turnovers to Notre Dame's three.

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