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Matt Millen

Matt Millen is a retired National Football League linebacker and a former executive. Moreover, Matt Millen played 12 years in the NFL for different franchises.

Early Life

Matthew George Millen best known as Matt Millen was born on the 12th of March, 1958, in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania, the United States of America. According to his birth date, he is 66 years old and holds American nationality.

In addition, he has a birth sign of Pisces and believes in Christianity by religion. There are ten of his siblings: Mary Schrim, Hugh Millen, Beth Klepeiss, Andrew Millen, Jean Daughtry, Kathleen Rowland, Eileen Tsamulalis, Edward Millen, Nancy Ringer, and Harriet Fassman. Regarding his parents, there is nothing known.


In terms of education, he graduated from Penn State after attending Whitehall High School. At Pennsylvania State University, where he later became an All-American defensive lineman for the Nittany Lions, he was recruited from Whitehall High School.

Professional Career

Talking about his professional career, in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders chose Matt with the 43rd overall selection. Throughout his 12-year NFL career, he played for the Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins.

While playing with the Redskins, he was inactive for Super Bowl XXVI, although he also won a Super Bowl with the 49ers and the Redskins. He finished his 12 NFL seasons with 11 sacks, 9 interceptions, which he returned for 132 yards, and 8 fumble recoveries, earning him a spot in the 1988 Pro Bowl.

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Caption: Matt Millen during his NFL career (Source:

Following that, he served as a color analyst for Fox and CBS TV. He also gave game commentary for the Monday Night Football broadcasts on CBS’ Westwood One radio network.

He eventually earned the title of Fox’s second-best analyst for games that were nationally broadcast. On June 15, 2009, he was selected to serve as the primary analyst for Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network.

Alongside Holly Rowe and Sean McDonough, he served as a color analyst for ESPN’s College Football broadcasts. In 2001, he left his position as a broadcaster to become the Detroit Lions’ CEO and de facto general manager.

From 2001 until 2007, he served as the Lions’ CEO for seven full seasons. On August 4, 2006, he was appointed to the NFL competition committee. On September 24th, 2008, his position as general manager and team president ended.

He admitted his part in the team’s downfall on the January 3rd episode of NBC’s Football Night in America, stating he would have fired himself after the 2008 campaign.


In his career, he has earned 4× Super Bowl champion (XV, XVIII, XXIV, XXVI), Pro Bowl (1988), and All-American (1978).

Matt Millen – Net Worth 2024

As of 2022, his net worth is estimated around $10 million. However, he has not yet shared his exact salary and income in public.

Relationship Status

He married Patricia Millen. With the marriage, the couple has four children named Marcus Millen, Michalyn Millen, Marianne Millen, and Matt Millen Jr. With their children, the couple is living a good life and there is no sign of separation.

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Caption: Matt Millen with his family (Source: Detroit Free Press)

In 2017, he was diagnosed with the rare disease amyloidosis. In his case, the disease had an effect on his heart, which now only works at roughly 30% capacity.


After the Raiders were defeated by the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff game on January 5, 1986, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Millen intervened in a heated argument taking place between Raiders player Howie Long and Patriots general manager Patrick Sullivan by punching Sullivan in the face.

According to Sullivan, the hit caused him to “see stars” and Matt Millen needed sutures. Later, Millen described the event as “a good hit.” Following the Lions’ 45-17 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in December 2003 at Arrowhead Stadium, Millen received criticism for an after-game incident with former Lions and then-Chiefs wideout Johnnie Morton.

When Matt attempted to congratulate some Chiefs players outside the locker room, Morton rebuffed him and said he would not say anything to Millen. At the 2010 NFL Draft on April 24, Millen allegedly called fellow ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski a “Polack,” He then apologized on-air, saying he “didn’t mean anything” by the statement.

Body Measurements

Matt stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 113 kg. Moreover, he has salt-pepper hair color and brown eyes color and there is not much information regarding his other body stats.

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Caption: Matt Millen celebration during a game (Source: Outsports)

Matt Millen – Social Media

This former American football linebacker and executive is not active on any kind of social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.