About Matt

Matthew Judon was born August 15, 1992 in Pontiac, MI, sixth child of ten children. Matt found his individuality through athletics early on playing in peewee basketball leagues however, his crowning glory manifest when he began playing football for his school’s team (Abbott Middle School) in West Bloomfield, MI and from there he continued to play Football for his high school (W. Bloomfield High.) During his senior year (2010) he was named to the Spinal Column Newsweekly All-Area football team after collecting 89 total tackles and earning him an invitation to play in the 30th annual Michigan High School All Star Football game. Before his attendance, Matthew confidently chose Grand Valley State University as his college of choice where he received an athletic scholarship.


Once at GVSU, Matt continued to excel on and off the field, double majoring in Sports Management and Business as well as becoming GVSU top defensive end. During his final year, Matthew led the nation in sacks totaling 21.5 seasons’ high tackles. Because of his mind-blowing athletics, Matt earned the Gene Upshaw Trophy in 2015, was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Defensive Lineman of the Year and Associated Press Little All-American squad.


In 2015, Matthew was presented with the opportunity to attend the NFL Scouting Combine to which he proved himself among the elite talents, earning him a selection into the 2016 NFL Draft. Matt was drafted with the 146th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round where he is currently in his 2nd season playing as an Outside Linebacker.


Professional career

Judon received an invitation to the East–West Shrine Game, but was unable to play after an arthroscopy discovered what was characterized as a "tweaked meniscus". He was one of sixty-five defensive linemen to receive an invitation to the NFL combine and the first player from Grand Valley State to receive an invite in two years and opted to attend. Judon showed athleticism and strength, finishing top among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (5th), bench press (5th), and vertical jump (4th). On March 15, 2016, he participated at Grand Valley State's pro day, along with four other teammates. Team representatives and scouts from 26 NFL teams attended his pro day as Judon ran positional drills and opted to stand on his combine numbers. He had an impressive workout and raised his draft stock, receiving much praise from scouts who attended.


Throughout the pre-draft process, Judon had private workouts and meetings with the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Philadelphia Eagles. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. Although he showed a great combination of strength and athleticism, his fourth round grade was mainly due to teams being skeptical over his ability to transfer his skills to the professional game since he played in D-II in college and concerns over his history of injuries. He was ranked as the 14th best defensive end prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.

In 2017 He competed with Albert McClellan, Terrell Suggs, Za'Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser, Boseko Lokombo, Tim Williams throughout training camp for the vacant starting outside linebacker job left by the departure of Elvis Dumervil in free agency. On August 26, 2017, he recorded four solo tackles and sacked Buffalo Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor in their 13–9 victory. During the sack, Taylor hit his head on the turf and received a concussion from the blow. Judon was named the Baltimore Ravens' starting strongside linebacker, beating out rookie Tyus Bowser, to begin the 2017 season.

Judon made his first career start in the Baltimore Ravens' season-opener at the Cincinnati Bengals and made one solo tackle and defended a pass in the Ravens' 20–0 victory. During a Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, Judon recovered a fumble by quarterback DeShone Kizer, that help set up the Ravens' offense on an eventual touchdown scoring drive in the 24–10 victory.

On October 15, 2017, Judon recorded a career-high 14 combined tackles (12 solo) and sacked Chicago Bears' quarterback Mitchell Trubisky twice in their 27–24 loss. On November 19, 2017, he collected seven combined tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble during the Ravens' 23-0 win against the Green Bay Packers, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.