Special teams guru Matthew Slater’s resume speaks for itself, as he has three Super Bowl rings and has been named to seven Pro Bowls.
On Sunday, though, in the Patriots’ game against the Buffalo Bills, the 12th-year pro Slater did something he’s never done before in the NFL: score a touchdown.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 29, 2019
J.C. Jackson blocked a Buffalo punt, and Slater swooped in to grab the ball and jet into the end zone. When he knew he was in, he celebrated by sliding on both knees, leaning backward, and hoisting his arms in the air.
Slater was thrilled afterward, sharing with reporters how much the touchdown means to him. He said the first thought that entered his mind was “Thank you, Jesus.”
“Even though I’m 34 years old, I’m still a kid,” he said.
Speaking with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, he elaborated on why it’s so special.
“As a kid, you always dream of scoring a touchdown,” Slater told Reiss. ” … Man, just so thankful to be able to be a part of that.”
Video: 1-on-1 with Matthew Slater, who shares his reaction after scoring his first career TD … and salutes Jerald Jackson. pic.twitter.com/9IxG4UTNGV
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 29, 2019