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By NORMAN CHAD
Monday, August 30, 2010

There are 32 teams in the National Football League and nearly one-quarter of them - seven - have starting quarterbacks named Matt.

(This is a statistical anomaly of epic proportions, eclipsed only by this improbable reality: George Foreman has five sons, and each one is named George.)

Here's a rundown of the unusual suspects:

l Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

l Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks

l Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals

l Matt Moore, Carolina Panthers

l Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

l Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

l Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Often in life, your name defines your lifestyle. What, Albert Einstein was going to be a male stripper? Hercules was going to be an actuary? Lady Gaga was going to be a librarian? And, apparently, if your name is Matthew, you're more likely to be standing behind center than sitting behind a desk.

In actuality, it's a motley crew of Matts. Only one of them has ever made the Super Bowl as a starter (Hasselbeck). Only one other has ever started a playoff game (Ryan). The rest of them - save for Moore's 6-2 mark - have losing records as starters. And Leinart might not be the starter on opening day.


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