The New England Patriots’ Matthew Slater is one of the best special teamers in the NFL. Besides that he also is one of the most respected players not only on his team – being a captain and NFLPA representative – but in the entire league. Him earning this year’s Bart Starr Award is the latest testament for that.
When Slater talked about receiving the honor, he mentioned a man who also is a Bart Starr Award recipient (1995) and influenced him more than anybody else: his father, Jackie Slater.
The Slaters, of course, are one of the most successful father-son-duos in NFL history. Jackie is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, appeared in 277 games and earned seven Pro Bowl nominations. Matthew, on the other hand, is a six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion. They are, as NFL Films calls them, "football’s ultimate family".
The league’s film production company used that moniker during a recent clip it shot with Matthew and Jackie. The Slaters talked – what else – about football. They talked about Matthew following in his father’s footsteps, the "six P’s", and how the Super Bowl has been an elusive goal for both.
Check out the video here.