Workhorse for the Baltimore Colts

 A 1st-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1961 Ohio State All-American Tom Matte spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Baltimore Colts. A 1st-team Pro Bowler in 1968 & 1969 he was named All-Pro in 69 when he led the league in touchdowns (13) and Total Yards (1422). Still ranks #3 on the Colts All-Time Career Rushing Touchdowns list (45) and #6 for Yards Rushing (4646).

 Probably one of his most memorable moments in his career as well as in NFL History was when he started at quarterback in the Divisional Round loss of the 1965 Playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. Injuries put starter Johnny Unitas as well as back-up Gary Cuozzo out of commission. Colts head coach Don Shula made the decision to start Tom Matte, who had played quarterback in Ohio State’s run-first offense before being drafted by the Colts. The Packers pulled out a very controversial 13-10 overtime win over Matte and the Colts and would go on to defeat the Browns in the NFL Championship. 

Baltimore Colts Runner Tom Matte
Tom Matte
Career Rushing & Receiving Statistics
 Rushing StatsReceiving StatsTotals
YearAgeTeamGamesCarriesYardsTDLongY/ACatchesYardsY/RTDLongTouchY/TchYScmTDs
196122BAL813540114.2188.008144.4620
196223BAL14742262293.188110.1122823.73073
196324BAL141335414314.1484669.71491815.610075
196425BAL14422151805.11016916.9030527.43841
196526BAL14692351203.41213110.9015814.53661
196627BAL14863810304.42330713.33351096.36883
196728BAL141476369304.33549614.23881826.2113212
1968*29BAL141836629233.62527511.01502084.593710
1969*+30BAL1423590911♦263.94351311.9249278♦5.11422♦13♦
197031BAL212430163.6122.002133.5450
197132BAL141736078263.5292398.20342024.28468
197233BAL6331370184.21418213.0143476.83191
12-years with Colts1421200464645803.9249286911.5128814495.2751557
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League

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