In this year's Super Bowl, not only is there a player on the Baltimore Ravens who hails from Connecticut — wide receiver David Reed — but there is also a coach on the team.
For those who knew Matt Weiss, who was described as a hard workers in an article in the New Haven Register this week, his success in the football world has come as no surprise:
“He wasn’t the most gifted athlete, but he was an extremely hard worker,” said Hopkins football coach Tom Parr, who later pointed out he’s a longtime 49ers fan. “He wanted it and turned himself into a quarterback. This is exciting for all of us, the school, the program. We wish him the best of luck.”
Weiss, 29, began his NFL coaching career with the Ravens in 2009, spending three seasons as the head coach’s assistant. In February 2012, he was promoted to defensive quality control.
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In his previous role, Weiss aided head coach John Harbaugh with administrative duties and also worked in a defensive quality control capacity. Weiss also supported the team’s secondary coaches by handling scouting reports for upcoming opponents. Weiss brought four years of experience to the Ravens from Stanford University, where he worked under then-Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s younger brother, according to the Baltimore Ravens wesbite.
Among other duties as the head coach’s assistant, Weiss was responsible for breaking down opponents’ tendencies, charting the opponent’s offense during games and running the Ravens’ offensive scout team during practices.
With Stanford, where he served as the team’s defensive and special teams assistant in 2008, he helped the Cardinal defense finish 11th nationally in sacks per game (2.75). He worked with the defense and special teams as a graduate assistant in 2005 - 2007 while earning a master’s degree in liberal arts.
The graduate of the Hopkins School was a quarterback in high school and led his team to their first-ever 12-0 record and the New England Prep School Class C Championship during his senior year. He went on to play for Vanderbilt as their punter from 2001 - 2004.