Matthew Wilson Slater was born in California to his parents Jackie and Annie Slater. He has one brother, David. Matthew was raised in Calvary Church Of Santa Ana in California where he was actively involved in the youth ministries as a Sunday school aide, summer camp counselor, and member of the youth choir.
Upon graduation from Servite High School, Matthew attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he double majored in history and political science while playing football. In college, Matthew was actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the black student union, and the youth ministries at Calvary Church. Despite injuries and disappointing setbacks, including never starting a game on offense or defense, Matthew excelled at special teams, and was named to the All-American team his senior year, breaking records for kick-off return touchdowns at UCLA.
After graduation from college, Matthew was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft to the New England Patriots, where he has played since. As a nine year captain of the Patriots, Matthew leads his teammates on and off the field. He is frequently cited as the spiritual leader of the successful franchise.
Matthew is a three time Super Bowl Champion and is an eight time special teams pro bowler, which is an NFL record. He has been selected to the all-pro team five times and was named to the Patriots 2010s all-decade team.
Matthew, his wife, Shahrzad, and their three children are committed to serving the local and international church and lay community. He has consistently contributed to the New England Community, and beyond, through service and philanthropy by partnering ministries and organizations dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through spiritual and material means.
The recipient of several awards including the 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year for the Patriots, the 2013 Ron Burton Community Service Award, the 2016 inaugural Ron Hobson Good Guy Award, and the 2017 Bart Starr Award, Matthew has been recognized for his commitment to community.
These professional and personal accomplishments are all attributed to the Lord's grace and mercy. Matthew puts his undying faith and trust in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to which all the honor ultimately belongs.
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