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Matthew Slater carries proud family football tradition

Matthew Slater is more than halfway to his father’s longevity as an NFL player. He doesn’t plan to equal it. The star special teamer of the New England Patriots just completed his 11th pro season. He’s at his fifth Super Bowl with two wins. In his dad Jackie’s 20-season NFL career, he made one Super Bowl – coincidentally with the Rams in 1980 – and lost.

Rams-Patriots Super Bowl matchup won’t affect bond between Jackie Slater and son Matthew

The meeting represents the sport’s ultimate, almost comic-book confrontation of separate allegiances, the name of the game even including the word “Super.” And there might not be a more intimately embedded spectator Sunday than Jackie Slater, who has given the Los Angeles Rams his heart and the New England Patriots even more: his DNA. Slater is so close to Super Bowl LIII, in fact, that unlike everyone else involved, he can’t lose.