Clay Matthews may move back to outside linebacker next season if Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has his way, but his fellow inside linebackers are the ones who benefited from his generosity this past week.
Matthews, who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl this season, said Friday on “The Rich Eisen Show” that should his Team Rice prevail in the Sunday night all-star game, he hoped to put his winners’ share of $58,000 toward the cost of bringing the rest of the Packers’ inside linebacker crew with him to Hawaii.
“I need to make up for bringing out all of these linebackers out here,” Matthews said. “I brought out the inside linebackers. They were with me the entire year, so we’re just out here enjoying ourselves and having some fun.”
Rookie linebacker Joe Thomas tweeted his gratitude:
Fellow rookie Jake Ryan posted a picture of Waimea Falls in Oahu on his Instagram account:
But Hawaii wasn’t totally paradise for the Packers: Nate Palmer tweeted his frustration over the island's notorious traffic:
The Packers coaching staff also is in Hawaii participating in the game (minus McCarthy, who withdrew because of an illness), but they are coaching Team Irvin, while Matthews and the other Packers players who were selected (Julius Peppers, Josh Sitton and John Kuhn) were drafted by Team Rice.
“I guess they were just sick of us,” Matthews joked. “After 16 weeks and a couple of playoff games, they just said, ‘Enough is enough, we need some fresh juice,’ and they went after some other guys.”