Matthew Slater has been the unsung hero in the New England Patriots recent success, earning seven straight Pro Bowl selections as a Special Teams player. The UCLA product has been the Patriots Special Teams Captain since 2011 and has been a constant contributor in every game. 2014 may have been Slater's best year yet as he signed a contract extension, was named First Team All-Pro, and was voted to the Pro Bowl. The Patriots capped off the season by winning the Super Bowl. In 2017, Slater was awarded the Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field. His father, Jackie Slater, received the honor in 1996, and together they are the first father-son pair to be honored with the prestigious award.