Matthew Slater Bio: Career, Father & Net Worth

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An American football wide receiver Matthew Slater is a special teamer for the New England Patriots of the NFL and the son of former offensive tackle Jackie Slater aka “Big Bad Jackie.”

The three-time Super Bowl champion Matthew has played for the Patriots since 2008 and signed a one-year contract extension on March 14, 2022.

Matthew is considered one of the greatest shooters in the NFL and holds the record for special teams’ Pro Bowl selections (10).

Matthew Slater For New England Patriots
Matthew Slater For New England Patriots (Source: The Boston Globe)

His father, Jackie, played in the NFL for 20 seasons with the Rams franchise and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Jackie holds the record among all offensive linemen who have played the most season with one franchise.

Similarly, throughout his 20 seasons with the Rams, he was named to seven Pro-Bowl selections. This makes the Slaters the third most Pro Bowl-nominated family, with 17 behind Matthews and the Manning family.

Matthew Slater | Quick Facts

Birth Name Matthew Wilson Slater
Known As Matthew Slater
Nickname Matt
Date of Birth September 9, 1985
Birthplace Long Beach, California, United States
Religion Catholic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Father Name Jackie Slater
Mother Name  Annie Slater
Gender Male
Age 37 Years Old
Profession Professional NFL Player
Famous For  Son of Former NFL Offensive Tackle Jackie Slater, Football Wide Receiver, and Special Teamer for the New England Patriots
Nationality American
Education Servite High School, University of California, Los Angeles
Height 6 ft. 0 in/1.83 m/183 cm
Weight 205 lb./93 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Brown
Build Large
Marital Status Married
Wife Shahrzad Ehdaivand Slater (m. 2015-Present)
Children Three Children Jeremiah Slater
Siblings David Slater (Brother)
Zodiac Sign  Virgo
Team New England Patriots
Position Wide Receiver
NFL Stats As of Week 18, 2021 Total Tackles: 173

Forced Fumbles: 1

Total Return Yards: 637

Receptions: 1

Receiving Yards: 46

Rushing Attempts: 2

Rushing Yards: 11

Total Touchdowns: 1

NFL Draft 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Roster Status Active
Career Highlights 3X Super Bowl (XLIX, LI, LIII)

2X First-team All-Pro (2016, 2019)

3X Second-team All-Pro (2017, 2020, 2021)

10X Pro Bowl (2011-2017, 2019-2021)

Jersey Number 18
Net Worth $3 Million
Social Media Not Active
Merch  Signed Mini Helmet, Autographed NFL Photo
Last Update February 2023

Matthew Slater | Early Life & Education

Early Life

Matthew Slater was born in Long Beach, California, United States, on September 9, 1985, to his father, Jackie Slater, and his mother, Annie Slater.

He grew up with his only sibling brother David Slater.

Seeing his father play football in the big stadiums, Matthew always aspired to play at the professional level.

However, Jackie and Annie tried to steer their children away from football as much as they could. Jackie even coached Matthew baseball with the hope that he would choose an entirely different sport.

Matthew Slater With His Old Man Jackie Slater As a Kid
Matthew Slater With His Old Man Jackie Slater As a Kid (Source: ESPN)

Nevertheless, Matt was naturally and genetically drawn toward football.

When his father went to practice at the Rams practice facility, little Matthew went along with him. He would imitate all the moves of his father.

When Jackie ran, little Matthew ran along with him.

And slowly, this motivated Matthew to become a professional football player just like his father.

Education

Matthew was lettered in football for two seasons at Servite High School in California.

Similarly, Rivals.com named Matthew a three-star selection.

He recorded 39 receptions for 707 yards as a senior.

Besides football, Matthew excelled in several other sports while in high school. He was a standout track athlete and still holds school records for 100 meters and 200 meters.

Matthew Slater For UCLA
Matthew Slater For The University of California Los Angeles (Source: Daily Bruin)

Matt was selected Field Athlete of the Year as a senior in school.

After high school graduation, Matthew went to the University of California, Los Angeles, and played football for the Bruins football team. He redshirted his freshman year because of a turf toe injury.

Moreover, in 2006 Slater played 13 games as a junior. He recorded 25 tackles in 13 games as a senior in 2007.

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Matthew Slater | Age, Height & Weight

Born in 1985, Mathew is 37 years old as of 2023. He stands 1.83 meters tall and weighs around 205 lbs.

NFL players are known for their next-level workout and fitness regime. If you don’t know, you should probably check out the Buccaneers QB Tom Brady’s TB 12 Method.

But Slater has his own way of keeping his body fit.

In 2020, most NFL facilities and gyms were closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, which persuaded Slater to try something new to stay in shape.

Along with buying an expensive exercise machine online, he turned his three children into what he called “human weights.”

Matthew loves working out and maintains his discipline to hit the gym regularly, even during the off-season.

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Matthew Slater | Career

After playing colligate football at UCLA from 2004–2007, the current special teamer Slater was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 153rd overall pick by the New England Patriots.

He has been with the team ever since.

Matthew has won everything a professional football player would dream of.

Three Super Bowls (XLIX, LI, LIII), 10X Pro-Bowl selection, Bart Starr Award (2017), and Art Rooney Award (2021) are but a few of the awards and honors Matthew has garnered over the years.

Matthew Slater For The New England Patriots
Matthew Slater For The New England Patriots (Source: MassLive.com)

It’s already been 15 seasons with the Patriots, and he will hopefully retire as one.

Matthew signed a two-year extension with the team on March 13, 2020. And with the release of placekicker Stephen Gostkowski and Tom Brady’s departure, he became the longest-active Patriot.

He extended his stay with the team on March 14, 2022, with one year contract.

As of 2022, he has played 216 games, of which he has started three games.

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Jackie Slater Bio

The former offensive tackle and the 1996 Bart Award winner Jackie Slater was born on May 27, 1954, in Jackson, Mississippi, United States.

Interestingly enough, Jackie was the first member of his family to attend a unified Wingfield High School.

He attended Jackson State University after high school and played for the Jackson State Tigers football team.

He played alongside the famous Walter Payton, who recruited him personally.

Jackie was drafted 86th overall in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft.

Jackie Slater With His Wife Annie
Jackie Slater With His Wife Annie (Source: pfrpa)

Famous for his infamous nickname “Big Bad Jackie,” Slater played his whole career with the Rams franchise.

He was named to the seven Pro Bowl selections and four Second-team All-Pro but did not win any Super Bowl in his 20 seasons long and illustrations career.

He retired from his playing career after the 1995 season when injuries reduced him to playing one game the entire year.

Slater has been married to Annie Slater for a long time and has two sons, Matthew and David Slater.

The family currently resides in Orange County, California.

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Matthew Slater | Wife, Children & Social Work

Matthew Slater has been married to an American professional physician, pathologist, and philanthropist Shahrzad Ehdaivand Slater since 2015.

The couple has three children together.

Talking about Shahrzad, she completed her bachelor’s in biochemistry from Hood College in 2003.

Similarly, she obtained her master’s in public health from Dartmouth College in 2006.

In 2008, she graduated from Brown Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree.

Shahrzad previously worked as an assistant professor of pathology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Matthew Slater With His Wife & Kid
Matthew Slater With His Wife Shahrzad Ehdaivand Slater & Kid (Source: The Providence Journal)

She currently serves as a senior vice president of clinical operations at LMK Clinical Research Consulting.

Furthermore, in 2020 Sater and his wife founded Slater Family Foundation.

In 2013, the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, awarded Slater the 11th Ron Burton Community Service Award for his strong commitment to community service.

Matt hosted a “pop-up” fundraiser on October 2016 to benefit Hurricane Matthew victims.

Similarly, the special teamer raised over $60k for Samaritan’s Purse to assist in their efforts in Haiti and the Carolinas after the hurricane barreled through those regions.

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Matthew Slater | Net Worth

As of 2023, Matthew Slater’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. He has been part of the National Football League since 2008.

In 2008, he signed a four-year $1.88 million contract with the Patriots with a $175,000 signing bonus.

Similarly, in 2012, he signed a three-year extension worth $5.4 million.

On March 14, 2022, matthew signed a one-year $2.62 million contract with the team, including a $152,500 signing bonus and $2,622,500 guaranteed.

All in all, he has earned $27,411,210 from NFL alone.

Matthew has to date, earned $16.37 million in salaries, $2,370,214 in roster bonuses, $6,677,500 in signing bonuses, $538,721 in workout bonuses, and $1,454,775 in incentives.

Unknown Facts About Matthew Slater

  • Matthew was one of two players selected in the 2008 Draft and sixth in the NFL Draft’s history who is the son of a Hall of Famer.
  • He was voted to be the special teams’ captain by his teammates in the 2011 season.
  • He is a supporter of American child sponsorship and the Christian humanitarian aid organization Compassion International.
  • After his career came to an end, Matthew’s father, Jackie, worked for an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles.
  • Matthew’s father, Jackie, most recently served as the offensive line coach at  Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How tall is Jackie Slater?

Matthew’s father, Jackie, is taller than his son and stands 1.93 meters. He weighs around 277 lbs.

How many games did Jackie Slater play?

The retired Rams wide receiver Jackie Slater played 259 games, of which he started 211.

Where is Matthew’s father, Jackie Slater, now?

Jackie currently resides in Orange County, California, with his family. He is active with the NFL Play 60 program.

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