20UNDER40: Matt Stinchcomb


Matt Stinchcomb is another of Sports Gwinnett’s 20UNDER40 with a sports career that is almost unbelievable. He was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. And like some of the other athletes featured in this article, his list of awards and honors is so impressive that you could not blame him to be embarrassed to see it in print.

But Sports Gwinnett is here to showcase Gwinnett County’s best. With 20UNDER40, the goal is to spotlight those who give their all to something. With that said, here are a few things you should know about Matt Stinchcomb.

Matt was a star in football from the beginning. He attended Parkview High School (as did his brother, Jon) and played for the great coach Cecil Flowe (who recently announced his retirement). Matt was named a USA Today High School All-American in 1994.

After high school, Matt attended the University of Georgia. He played football there where he was a three-year starter (1996 – 1998) and is UGA’s Varsity Football Permanent Captain. Playing tackle, Matt was an athletic and academic All-American in both 1997 and 1998. He was named to the First Team SEC All-Decade Team, and was a finalist for the 1998 Lombardi Award (which recognizes the best lineman/linebacker in the United States.)

While at UGA, Matt did not spend all his time concentrating on football. He graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.96 GPA) with a BBA in Finance. In 2009, he was awarded the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor, the highest distinction UGA bestows on a student athlete.

Matt entered the NFL in 1999 as the 18th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. He remained in the NFL for seven seasons, with the Oakland Raiders (where he played in the 2003 Super Bowl) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matt’s playing days are behind him. But he remains active in counseling young athletes to make good choices in their lives. He is also a college football analyst for ESPNU and the SEC Network.

Reg L. Carver
Reg is a freelance writer and photographer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is the author of Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties (Billboard Books 1998), which was nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award for excellence in music writing. He is also the author of Walking Up Lombard:My Long Journey Home (AuthorHouse 2012), a memoir of his journey through major depression and healing. You can find him at www.reglcarver.com and www.500px.com/RegLCarver.

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