Matthew Charles Light (born June 23, 1978) is a former American football offensive tackle who spent his entire 10-year career playing for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue. Light was born in Greenville, Ohio. He attended Greenville High School, where he played football as a three-year two-way starter. On defense, he played linebacker and was a second-team Division II all-state selection at the position, and as a senior earned all-county, all-conference, and all-district honors after making 69 tackles and forcing two fumbles. On offense, he played guard as a sophomore, tackle as a junior, and tight end as a senior, when he caught four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. He also competed in the shot put in track and field, and was a district champion as well as an all-county and all-conference selection.
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