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Matthews family jinx is over

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, right, and teammate Clay

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, right, and teammate Clay Matthews celebrate after the Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was named most valuable player of the game. (Feb. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had been in the NFL only two years, but that's long enough to break a family jinx. 

Matthews is the son of former NFL linebacker Clay Matthews and the nephew of former offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, neither of whom won a Super Bowl during their careers. 

"We [Matthews] haven't had great success in the Super Bowl," the Packers' linebacker said. "I think we have 38 combined years between my uncle and father and have only one Super Bowl loss to show for it." 

That came in 1999, when the Titans were beaten by the Rams. The game ended when the Titans got to the St. Louis 1-yard line as time expired. 

"Two years and I'm a Super Bowl champion. That means a great deal," Matthews said. "So we're going to enjoy this tonight and get the proverbial monkey off the Matthews' back." 

Matthews said he already saw his mother and father. 

"They're enjoying it," he said. "So much hard work and sacrifice has gone into this. For them to be able to be a part of this is truly fantastic." 

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