Jaguar’s kicker Matt Wright (a.k.a. “Matti Ice”) scored the team’s first three field goals of the season on Sunday afternoon, with his final kick to seal Jaguar’s first win of the season.
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But long before Wright hit the kicks on Sunday, the aerospace engineering major was working for Lockheed Martin, something very few, if any, NFL players can claim.
Wright’s intriguing career path from being a UCF “national champ” to coaching at Lockheed Martin to being the Jaguars’ last defensive line on Sunday could make him one of the most exciting players in the NFL.
Who is Matthew Wright?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania “Mate Ice” Wright joined Central Florida, where he set several school records as a team player. He was part of the famous 2017 UCF team that claimed to be a national champion during his undefeated season.
In 2017, Wright scored an extra 10 points in a UCF match against Austin Bee, a record per game. He also holds the career record for points (375), field goals scored (55), and PATs (212, including 155 PATs in a row) and has tied the career record to .774 kicking percentage.
Wright earned his degree in aerospace engineering and received the School’s Medal from the Pegasus Prize, which is awarded for “academic achievement, outstanding college involvement, leadership, and community service.”
While attending UCF, Wright trained at Lockheed Martin Defense, Weapons, and Military and landed a full-time job with the company upon graduation. The company was supportive of his decision to join the NFL, And he filled his job for him whose dreams in the NFL did not come true.
Wright’s LinkedIn page indicates that he worked with the company as recently as September as a systems engineer.
Trevor Lawrence says Kicker Matthew Wright told him he was a software engineer a month ago
“He picked up our 20-game losing streak… You can’t make up these things.”
– Ashlyn Sullivan (@ashlynrsullivan) October 17 2021
In between at Lockheed Martin, Wright appeared with the Steelers and Lions in the final two seasons before finally landing with Jaguar in October, replacing injured Josh Lambeau. Lambo was seen hugging Wright during the match.
Prior to signing with the Jaguars, Wright had been posting videos of the kick on his Twitter page, in an effort to lure the NFL team to sign him. It worked: The Jags signed him into their coaching team on September 26.
On October 16, Wright was promoted from the Jaguar Training Team to the active roster. On October 17, Wright helped end the Jaguar’s 20-game losing streak, scoring three field goals that day, including the winner in the 53-yard game as time expired to sink the Dolphins.
Well, if the whole thing doesn’t work out, at least he’ll have his Lockheed Martin office waiting for him.