Matthews delivers Father's Day surprise

Jeff Ash
Gannett Wisconsin Media
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Bill Westdyke of Lincoln Park, N.J., was delighted by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ surprise visit.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, the third generation in a line of NFL players, likely knows a little something about Father's Day.

So helped surprise a New Jersey man — yes, a Packers fan — as Father's Day draws near.

Bill Westdyke's parents grew up in Englewood, N.J., when Vince Lombardi was football coach at St. Cecelia High School. They followed Lombardi's career all the way to Green Bay, as did Bill and his family, the third generation in a line of Packers fans.

Westdyke, a father of four from Lincoln Park, N.J., also is the primary caretaker for his wife Gerry, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago.

When Courtyard Hotels heard that part of Westdyke's story from his son Mark, the company helped arrange the visit from Matthews and provided him with tickets to Super Bowl 50.

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