Clay Matthews now wears a helmet for a living, but when he was a young boy, not wearing a helmet nearly cost him his life.
When the Green Bay Packers linebacker was a child, an accident while riding his scooter left him unconscious, bloodied and at risk for serious brain swelling.
“I went down a driveway and I must’ve hit a rock,” Matthews told AOL.com. “I went right over the handlebars and unfortunately hit my face and head directly on the asphalt.”
Matthews’ mother had her hands full with him and his four siblings while their father was out of town during his own NFL career. She had told Matthews to wear a helmet, but he didn’t listen. When she rushed to her son’s aid, she found him so severely scraped up that his face looked “like it had gone through a meat grinder.”