Matthew Slater: My Dad’s Excited About L.A. Rams, But I’m Not In Fan Club

New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater

Photo via New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater reacts during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.

FOXBORO, Mass. — Don’t worry, Patriots fans. Matthew Slater’s allegiances still lie in New England.

The Patriots special teams captain is the son of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Rams organization, including one season in St. Louis. The younger Slater grew up a Rams fan in the L.A. area, but he assured the media before practice Wednesday that his old fandom is a thing of the past, even with the Rams back in Los Angeles.

“It’s very interesting,” Slater said of the Rams’ relocation. “Obviously, a lot of people are excited about that. I think my dad’s pretty excited about that, but I’ve had to cancel my subscription to the Rams fan club. I canceled it eight years ago, and last I checked, it’s still canceled.”

Slater has bigger fish to fry, anyway, as the Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in an AFC Divisional Playoff at Gillette Stadium.

Thumbnail photo via Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports Images

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