USD grad Chatham, teammates try for third Super Bowl ring A lot of people go their entire careers without earning a single Super Bowl ring. But for University of South Dakota graduate Matt Chatham, his time with the New England Patriots has resulted in a pair of Super Bowl victories with a third chance coming next Sunday when New England faces Philadelphia in Jacksonville, FL.
Chatham, who played in just five regular season games this season due to injuries, has started on special teams in each of the two Patriots' playoff wins. He had an assisted tackle in New England's 41-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24. On Jan. 16, Chatham recorded two assisted tackles on special teams in the Patriots' 20-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
In his five seasons with the Patriots, Chatham already owns two Super Bowl rings, including one a year ago when the Patriots upended the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. In that game, he had two special teams tackles.
During the regular season, Chatham has been credited with two tackles in five games. During his career, Chatham has played in 51 games with New England and recorded 73 total tackles, including 56 solo stops and 1.5 sacks. In his career, Chatham has two fumble recoveries, forced fumble and a touchdown.
In the last match up between the Eagles and the Patriots, Chatham played a role in the 31-10 win during week two of the 2003 season. He had two tackles, a sack and forced a fumble while also recording two special team tackles. Chatham's defensive TD came against the New York Giants, a 38-yard fumble recovery in the Patriots' 17-6 win in week 6.
Chatham was originally signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent in 1999. When it didn't work out for Chatham in St. Louis, he caught on with the New England Patriots on Aug. 28, 2000.
The son of Jeff and Brenda Chatham of Vermillion, Chatham starred at South Dakota from 1995-98, totaling 228 tackles, including 106 solo hits. During his career at South Dakota, he had 29 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback sacks, seven pass breakups and four fumble recoveries as well as three interceptions. He totaled 74 tackles (41 solo stops) and had one interception during his senior season at South Dakota.
He was named all-North Central Conference and academic all-NCC honors following his junior season. As a junior, he had 95 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six quarterback six, a fumble recovery and a pass interception. As a sophomore, he recorded 54 tackles, including eight tackles for losses and 4.5 quarterback sacks as a starter at strong safety. As a freshman, he had five tackles and a fumble recovery.
Prior to playing for the Coyotes, Chatham played wide receiver and safety at Sioux City North where he earned all-Sioux Interstate Conference, all-Northwest, Iowa and all-Sioux City Metro honors. A two-year starter, he earned first-team all state honors from the Des Moines Register. During that season, he had five interceptions and 103 tackles while also catching 19 passes for 426 yards, and three touchdowns. He also was a three-year starter on the North basketball team, averaging 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while earning all-Metro honors as a senior. Chatham received all-Northwest Iowa and all-state honors in baseball.