Tyler Matakevich football camp helps grow the game

The Stratford native signed a two-year contract extension with Buffalo earlier this year, and he couldn't wait for the fourth installment of camp this summer.

Justin DeVellis

Jul 4, 2023, 1:51 AM

Updated 321 days ago

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You're used to seeing him on Sundays, but this past Saturday, Bills linebacker Tyler Matakevich was back at St. Joseph High School hosting his annual kid's camp.
The Stratford native signed a two-year contract extension with Buffalo earlier this year, and he couldn't wait for the fourth installment of camp this summer.
"Just another year coming out here trying to give back," Matakevich said. "I remember when I was younger than these guys just running around here."
After leading the Hogs to two straight state high school football titles, Matakevich broke the school record for career tackles at Temple University. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played the first four years of his career.
About 200 kids signed up for this year's camp, boys and girls.
"I was nervous at first because my mom was looking back at photos from last year and she didn't see any girls, but now there's three girls here and I'm happy," one female camper said.
Former Bunnell High School and Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison was in attendance, as were NFL players Joe Giles-Harris and Pittsburgh Steeler Jordan Dangerfield.
"Fact that we could keep doing this and bring some of my buddies who are in the NFL... I know these kids love it," Matakevich said.
He's been doubted his entire football career.
"A little adversity never hurts -- it only makes it better. As long as you keep a positive attitude, everything will work out in the end."
And for his eighth NFL season, he's dreaming big.
"We're trying for that Super Bowl! Just have to play well," he says.


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