“It’s an honor and privilege to be included with these great athletes. Their accomplishments speak for themselves but their character stands out the most.
I am grateful and humbled for this prestigious honor.”
High School: Rio Americano
College: Brigham Young University
* NFL Career: 12 years (New England, Detroit, NY Jets, Indianapolis, Washington)
* 2-Time All-Western Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman (1983, 1984)
* NCAA National Champion (1984)
* Broadcasting Career: 15 Emmy Awards
Trevor Matich grew up in the Arden Park area of Sacramento and attended Rio Americano High School. Until his senior year it didn’t look like Trevor would have any kind of athletic career as he was cut from the basketball team each year he tried out. He made the football team because there were no cuts, but didn’t receive any meaningful playing time until his senior season.
Admittedly, he was one of the worst athletes in his class growing up but he was determined to get better and play the game of football. During the course of the summer prior to his senior year, Trevor worked relentlessly to improve and get the coaches attention. He had grown to be 6’4” and weigh 207 pounds. He wanted to be a tight end but his coaches assigned him to the center position. He earned a starting spot and blossomed into a tremendous blocker. So much so, he earned all league honors, all city and all Nor Cal while being selected to the Optimist team.
All of a sudden, Trevor became a hot commodity and had over 60 college scholarship offers. He chose Brigham Young University. This was a perfect fit for Trevor as he was snapping the ball to some of the best quarterbacks the game has seen. During his career at BYU he was the center for quarterbacks; Marc Wilson his freshmen year, Jim McMahon his sophomore season, Steve Young his junior year and fellow Sacramento area signal caller, Robbie Bosco his senior season.
The Cougars were a national powerhouse under head coach Lavelle Edwards. During Trevor’s four years, BYU lost only three games. In 1984, the Cougars had a phenomenal season going a perfect 13-0 and winning the national championship. Trevor was a huge part of the success while being named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team his junior and senior years and was voted third- team All American his senior season.
In 1985 Trevor was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He was the first center taken in the draft while being the first BYU offensive lineman ever chosen in the first round. Trevor played for five teams in his NFL career; the Patriots, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins. During his time with the Colts he was nicknamed the "Hardest Working Man in Pro Football" due to his constant practicing and warming up on the sidelines.
Trevor was the most versatile offensive lineman during his time in the NFL, playing every position on the line including tight end and long snapper. His big shining moment came as a member of the New York Jets in a 1991 game against his former team, the Patriots. He caught his first and only touchdown pass from fellow Sacramento Sports Hall of Famer, Ken O’Brien.
Trevor played 12 seasons but his career was interrupted and cut short by several injuries. He played his final season in Washington with a torn rotator cuff. During his time, his versatility was unmatched. He did something nobody else could do and hasn’t been done since.
After he retired, Trevor took his lifelong worth ethic and applied it to broadcasting. He has been a tremendous NFL and College Football television analyst since 1998 working for Fox Sports, CBS, NBC Sports Washington and ESPN. Since 2007 he has been one of the featured analysts on ESPN’s College Football coverage. For his excellence, Trevor has won 15 Emmy Awards.
For a kid from Sacramento who didn’t play a single snap of football until his senior year of high school, he became a college football national champion, a first round draft pick that played 12 years in the NFL and became one of the best football broadcasters we have seen.
More importantly, Trevor has accomplished all of these things by doing it with hard work, dedication and a fiery passion with a humbling and personable attitude. He is one of Sacramento’s greatest and most versatile success stories who remembers his humble roots and loves his hometown.