Not that he's keeping track or anything, but Clay Matthews did notice he didn't get a Randall Cobb- or Jordy Nelson-level Instagram tribute from quarterback Aaron Rodgers when his career with the Packers ended.
In fact, he didn't get one, period.
Just a text.
Matthews, the Packers' all-time sack leader now with the Los Angeles Rams, had more than a little fun with that during a good-humored interview on"The Dan Patrick Show" on Friday when he jokingly heaped guilt on his former Packers teammate and State Farm commercial co-star.
"Yeah, I was a little disappointed, because when Jordy got let go, he wrote an emotional farewell on his Instagram. When Randall, they let him walk in free agency, he wrote an emotional farewell. But with me, I just got a text. Because that's what Instagram is for is just letting everyone know how awesome your lifestyle is and how much stuff means to you, and I mean, all I got was a text, not an Instagram post," Matthews said, tongue firmly in cheek. "So I've got a bone to pick with him."
Patrick kept it going by saying receivers are more important to a quarterback than a linebacker.
"I think our relationship that was forged with those State Farm commercials is stronger than any bond you see with Jordy or Randall on the field," Matthews said. "... Those commercials will live forever."
If Rodgers marries girlfriend Danica Patrick, Dan Patrick asked if Matthews thinks he'll make the cut to be one of the groomsmen.
"Maybe like the ring bearer or something like that, throw the flower petals down the aisle," Matthews said. "I don't know. It could be pretty unconventional, but I hope so. I hope it doesn't get lost in the mail. That could happen."
Also from the interview on "The Dan Patrick Show":
On whether there are any similarities between Green Bay and Los Angeles: "Uh ... not even in the slightest. Completely different."
What it was like the day he was told the Packers were moving on from him: "It obviously was difficult. I think everybody envisions playing their entire career out with one team, especially having played a decade out there. I was actually headed over there to get a workout in, because it was a few days before free agency. They called and let me know that it just wasn't in the cards moving forward, wished me the best of luck moving forward, and we wrapped up a 10-year career in about a 30-second phone call. Definitely caught us by surprise."
On the current status of his hair: "My hair's great. It's always been great —10 years running."
It's so great he said that in practice the other day, somebody was running away from him mid-play when they told him, "Man, you smell good!"
"It kind of gave me a little boost of confidence," Matthews said. "... With the level of attention I pay to my hair, with the hair care products I use, it leaves with a nice (floral) smell. People recognize that sometimes, and I appreciate it."
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