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Former USC Linebacker Clay Matthews Celebrates “Sacks For Soup” Program

Per the press release:

WHAT: Clay Matthews and Campbell Soup Company are celebrating the culmination of the very successful "Sacks For Soup" campaign with a donation of over 5,000 cans of soup to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. In partnership with Clay Matthews, Campbell has donated over 40,000 cans of soup to local food banks across the country and $18,000 to Matthews’ charity, CM3 Charitable Fund.

WHY: NFL linebacker Clay Matthews and Campbell Soup Company partnered to support local communities with the "Sacks for Soup" program. Each time Matthews sacked an opposing quarterback during the 2013 NFL season, Campbell donated 1,000 cans of soup to a local food bank in the opposing team’s city and 1,000 cans to a food bank in Green Bay, Wis.

Matthews played at USC from 2004-08 under then head coach Pete Carroll. He entered as a walk-on student athlete, but was granted a full athletic scholarship at the beginning of the 2006 season. Matthews was awarded USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year from 2006-08, making him the only player in program history to be awarded three straight such honors.

The Green Bay Packers selected the Agoura High School graduate in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Since then, Matthews has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times (2009-12) and won the Butkus Award in 2010, given to the top linebacker in the NFL. He also helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

*Photos courtesy of Campbell Soup Company.