(born November 24, 1983 in St. Michael, Minnesota
) is an American football tight end
for the Chicago Bears
of the National Football League
. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers
in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft
. He played college football
Spaeth won 2006's John Mackey Award
as college football
's best tight end.
Spaeth graduated from Saint Michael
High School in 2002, where he played both football and basketball. St Michael was in the Wright County Conference
at the time. Spaeth holds multiple records at St. Michael–Albertville in both sports. As a three year starter in basketball he set records for most rebounds in a game (23), most steals in a game (8), most points in a career (1359), most career rebounds (804).
Spaeth played college football at Minnesota
. In 2003 Matt started the season as a reserve, but was inserted into the starting lineup when starter Ben Utecht
got injured. Spaeth went on to start 10 games where he had 12 catches for 98 yards and was named to the Sportingnews.com
Freshman All-American team.
In 2004 Matt increased his production to 24 catches for 298 yards and 4 TD's. He started every game was an honorable mention pick to the All-Big Ten
In 2005 Spaeth again started every game, hauling in 26 catches for 333 yards and 4 TD's. He was named to the All-Big Ten First team.
2006 was the most productive season of Spaeth's career. Despite... Read More