Patriots Legend Matthew Slater Announces Retirement

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater has officially announced his retirement from the NFL after an impressive 16-year career. Slater leaves behind a legacy of excellence on the field and unwavering commitment to the game.

After being selected as the 153rd pick (fifth round) in the 2008 NFL Draft from UCLA, Matthew Slater embarked on an illustrious 16-season career with the New England Patriots. Initially a wide receiver, he transitioned into a special teams role, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise.

During his tenure, Slater achieved remarkable accolades:

5-time First-Team All-Pro
3-time Second-Team All-Pro
10 Pro Bowl selections

His impact extended beyond individual honors. Slater’s contributions were pivotal to the Patriots’ success during the 2010s. He earned a spot on both the Patriots’ All-2010s Team and the All-Dynasty Team.

A member of Super Bowl championship teams: XLIX, LI, and LIII. Slater’s leadership, work ethic, and unwavering commitment to the game will forever resonate in Foxborough.

Slater’s next destination should be the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.