GREEN BAY – Lambeau Field is known for having star athletes in the building. On Friday night, high school stars at the Wisconsin High School Sports Awards took center stage.
Even Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who appeared as a special guest, was impressed.
“This is an unbelievable accomplishment for all these student-athletes out there,” Matthews told the crowd of about 1,00
0. “Myself, I’d probably be in the parking lot, because I wasn’t as good as you guys are at this point in your career. What an amazing accomplishment for everyone here, even those who don’t go home with medals today.”
Matthews was asked about the importance of high school sports. He was a late bloomer while at Agoura High School in California and was a walk-on at USC.
“Even if sports didn’t work out for me, I feel the values that I learned — respect, discipline, time management, you can really go down the line,” Matthews said. “It really makes these high school student-athletes become contributing members of society.”