Robert Morris TE ‘Would Do Anything’ for NFL Shot

Matthew Gonzalez waiting for opportunity

Jeff Hathhorn
April 23, 2020 - 12:23 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – “If you don’t run a 4.6 (40 yard dash), just keep running.”  The normally sage advice from a head coach to a tight end in preparing for the NFL Draft, but different under these conditions.

With most of the United States quarantined, there is no way for teams to watch you run.  That is what happened with Robert Morris All-American tight end Matthew Gonzalez.

Gonzalez received that knowledge from Colonials head coach Bernard Clark, who was selected in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft after being a key player at the University of Miami.

The 6’3”, 230 pound tight end has done all he can, working with dumbbells in his house, fitness bands, did ladder drills in the backyard and even was jumping the steps in his house.  He said even his mom understood he had to do it.

All of this to fulfill a dream.

“I would do anything,” Gonzalez said adding he brings a strong work ethic and good route running.  “It’s my biggest goal to play on a NFL team.  I would play special teams.  I would long snap, if they need.  I would do anything.”

Even though the Steelers general manager is a Robert Morris alum, which may help a little, Gonzalez comes from a FCS school with not nearly as much attention.

“Coming from a small school, I feel like we don’t have as much recognition as other players,” Gonzalez said.  “I’ve got to keep my head into this and have hope that we are going to get through this and that I will have my opportunity when it comes.”

His numbers were not as good his senior year (34 rec, 563 yds, 4 TD) often because of the number of double teams following 40 catches for 642 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

“It was better for my teammates, they got the ball more and our offense was better,” an unselfish Gonzalez told 93.7 the Fan.

While he is working on his blocking and trying to stay in shape, the Cleveland native promises.

“Give me a chance,” Gonzalez said, “and if I fail you, you were right.  But I don’t think that would happen.”

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