- Category : Sports-Track-and-Field
- Type : MS
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Four Ways 1
American pro football player, Olympic medal holder for track and field events and a fraternal twin. He made his professional football debut in 1952 and played until 1966 establishing a record as an all-purpose player. He set a league record for career touchdown returns as well as for combined net yards. He helped his two teams, the Cardinals and Rams, to achieve winning seasons. His football career was interrupted by a stint in the Army in 1953.
Although Matson spent his early years in Texas, his family moved when he was 14 to San Francisco. He played football in college where he was a star. In 1948 he tried out for the Olympics, making the team and earning a silver and a bronze in 1952. That year, his first in pro football, earned him a Rookie of the Year award.
He played in six pro-Bowls and six All-Star games. Noted for his speed and strength as well as his career highs, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. After his career on the field ended in 1966 he continued to work in the sport, as coach and scout, retiring altogther in 1989.
He and his wife had four children. He died February 19, 2011 at his Los Angeles home.