Fred Matua (January 14, 1984 – August 5, 2012) was an American football guard. After playing college football for Southern California, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Lions, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Florida Tuskers, and Omaha Nighthawks in his career.

Fred Matua
No. 67
Personal information
Born:(1984-01-14)January 14, 1984
Wilmington, California
Died:August 5, 2012(2012-08-05) (aged 28)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Wilmington (CA) Banning
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 217
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

Born in Wilmington, California, Matua prepped at Banning High School in Wilmington, California where he won the 2000 LA City 4A Championship his junior year.[citation needed]

College careerEdit

While playing college football for the USC Trojans, Matua was an All-American guard in 2005.

Professional careerEdit


He was drafted on the second day by the National Football League's Detroit Lions but was cut by the team and was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad. On October 28, 2006, he was signed to the Cleveland Browns roster.

Florida TuskersEdit

Matua was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on September 3, 2009.[1]


On August 5, 2012, Matua died at the age of 28 of a heart-related issue.[2]


  1. ^ "Florida Tuskers Announce Signing Of 11 Additional Players Including Koren Robinson & Tatum Bell". OurSports Central. September 3, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Former USC lineman Fred Matua dies

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