VIDEO: Remembering When Clay Matthews Stripped Adrian Peterson & Returned it for a 42-Yard TD as a Rookie

Zach Brunner
Remembering Clay Matthews' strip for a touchdown.
Remembering Clay Matthews' strip for a touchdown. / Twitter/@GBPdaily

Clay Matthews is among the greatest defenders in Green Bay Packers history, leading the franchise in career sacks (83.5). It didn't take long for him to get up to speed in the NFL, putting together a terrific rookie season.

One of his top highlights of both his rookie season and his career has to be when he stripped Adrian Peterson, then returned the fumble 42 yards for a touchdown.

There are few knocks to Peterson as a football player, but there was a short window of his NFL career when he was perceived to have a fumbling problem. He totaled a career-high nine fumbles in 2008, so when he faced the Packers in 2009, Matthews did his film study.

He simply ran up and took it from Peterson, then showed his youth shortly thereafter. Matthews turned on the jets and could not be stopped, as he scampered 42 yards for the touchdown.

This game was more than Matthews' first against the Vikings or just another heated rivalry game against these NFC North foes. This game was actually Brett Favre's first as a visitor at Lambeau Field. Of course, this means that Matthews' touchdown was not enough to win it for Green Bay.

Favre threw for three touchdowns with a 135.3 passer rating that game, leading the Vikings to a 30-23 road win.

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