The other Matt Blair

Every once in a while, somebody asks me if I know I’ve got the same name as a former linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. If you’ve ever been to instead of, then I’ll bet you know why.

I’ve known about Matt for a few years, and not just because I once tried to buy his domain name. Every now and then, a friend will send me a link to his website, or to a picture of one of his old football cards. But it wasn’t until this week – when my parents, who are on vacation, sent an email to him instead of me – that I got to hear from the man himself.

It was a typical “Wish you were here” kind of email, and it went to the whole family – well, the whole family minus me and plus an NFL great. He didn’t have to take the time to write back, but he did. He wished my parents well on their vacation, wished their children well in dealing with the cold Canadian weather, and encouraged them to get in touch with me at the right address. “Or continue sending to me,” he said, “and I’ll pretend we’re related.”

So yes, in answer to your question, I do know about the other Matt Blair. And from what I can tell, he’s a pretty decent guy. I mean, take a look at his website. The guy’s writing books and organizing charity golf tournaments. Not too shabby!

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