The Massachusetts Pirates professional arena football team has signed defensive back Jason Matovu for the 2019 season. Matovu, 6’1”, 205lbs. from Norwood, MA played his college ball at the University of Maine and now looks to continue his career close to home.
“It’s a great experience,” he said. “I’m really excited to be here. I’ve never really had the chance to be in this area to play football. I played college football at the University of Maine which is about four hours away. I had a little stint with professional teams, so I’m really excited to be able play at home for the first time ever since high school,” he added.
Matovu walked on at Maine after a standout career at Norwood High School where he rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year in 2012. After seeing the field in one game for the Black Bears in 2014, he became a three year starter ad finished his career with 134 tackles and two interceptions.
Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim is excited to have another “local” talent on the Massachusetts roster.
"Jason is a great addition to our secondary. With some of the moves that have occurred in recent weeks, his presence will be crucial moving forward. He certainly needs to come in here and pick up the arena game and our scheme quickly during camp, but he seems like a very coachable player who will embrace adjusting to a new situation and environment. He's had opportunities at the highest level of the game attending mini-camps with the Texans and Seahawks, as well as just recently being out in San Diego with the Fleet of the AAF. He move's extremely well, evident by the 4.37 he ran at his pro-day last year. That speed allows him to recover from being out of position, which will happen as he's getting used to a new type of game. He's a fluid athlete who’s also physical. He's a Massachusetts local as well which is great because this state certainly has talent and it's important we try and keep these players at home. We’re glad to have Jason here with the Pirates," Yatim said.
Matovu said attending NFL training camps reminded him that football requires continuous improvement.
“One thing I learned for sure is that you can never stop learning even if you think you know it all you really don’t. There’s always something more to learn and that’s something that’s stuck with me,” he said.
Not many players from Maine take their game to another level. Being an underdog has never stopped Matovu from making an impact.
“Not too many of us (from the University of Maine) make it, but one thing about us, we all work hard, we’re underrated. It’s something that makes us go even harder and I think that hard work just ends up paying off for some of us and for me it paid off. Just having the chance to be able to be back playing the game that I love and especially to be able to do it locally is something that caught my eye and I’m just excited to be a part of this team. I look at myself as a playmaker. Wherever the ball is that’s where I am. I bring excitement. I’m physical and like I said, wherever the ball is that’s where I am. I definitely want to hold up a trophy and get a ring. It’s definitely the plan,” he added.
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