“It matters not that you won or lost,
but how you played the game.”



Patrick Matthews

Football, Wrestling, Rugby, Triathlons

Patrick Matthews was born in Oakland, CA in 1946 and attended Village Oaks Elementary in Stockton. As a student he participated in Babe Ruth baseball and was an All-Star for 3 years.

He attended Lincoln HS where he participated in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. In football, he was named First Team All-City, All-Conference and Most Valuable Offensive Player. In high school, Matthews won 27 straight wrestling matches including league, subsection, and section championships.

At Delta College, he was a leading rusher and pass receiver in football, and was the North Central Conference champion in wrestling.

At the University of the Pacific, Matthews played running back and in 1971 was a free agent with the Green Bay Packers.

For 15 years, Patrick played rugby throughout northern California and was named most valuable player for the 1980 Northern CA Seven-A-Side Championship.

Later in life, he found a passion for marathons and triathlons and qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon. At the time of his induction, he was ranked #3 in the USA and 4th in the world in his age group for the Ironman Triathlon.

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