MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville Native and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews has wanted to give back to his community since his first day in the NFL. The Madison Academy grad eventually set up Matthews Mission, and Saturday he held his first 7-on-7 flag football challenge, and free youth combine, benefiting the New Futures Family Lodging. Matthews couldn't have been happier with the turnout, and says he hopes it continues to grow. "You never know the impact you have on people until later. I think that's the best thing because you're not fake. You really are just trying to meet people, you want to be a good person and come out here, and always build relationships," Matthews told WHNT News 19. "The Huntsville and Madison area has done nothing but build me up. It's just a great turn out, I love seeing the kids here. I want to keep bringing NFL guys back so they can see what they can potentially end up becoming."
Matthews wasn't the only professional football player at Madison Academy for the event. Long time friends Reggie Ragland and Chester Rogers were there to help run things. Ragland graduated from Bob Jones high school, and stared at Alabama before being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the NFL draft. Rogers attended Lee, played his college ball at Grambling and is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts. When Matthews called asking for help, both jumped at the chance to participate. "Jordan has been like my big brother ever since middle school. I played against him when he was at Madison Academy and I was an 8th grader at Grissom. Jordan has always been a big brother to me and no doubt I was going to come back and help him regardless," Reggie said, and Rogers felt the exact same way. "It was a no brainer, he didn't even have to ask me, I would have came even if he didn't. That's my brother, we all grew up together, so I'm just here to support him."