Everyone knew that Matt Fodge was going to be a great kicker t an early age. Wh8le he was playing for Austin Academy for Excellence, Matt kicked a 48-yard field goal to beat Jackson Middle School. His kick is considered a GISD middle school football record, leading Matt to experience many more highlights during his athletic career.
A 2005 graduate of Garland High School, Matt was an excellent student as well as a strong-legged consistent kicker and punter. During the 2003 season Matt was successful on 10 of 12 field goal attempts and had a long of 52 yards. He also punted for an average of 42 yards, while having more than 80 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks. After the 2003 season, he was named the first-team All-District punter and kicker. Matt continued his success as a senior and was named first-team All-District punter and kicker, as well as an Honorable Mention All-State kicker After his senior season, Matt was invited to play in the Coca-Cola Classic All-Star Football Game.
Matt signed a National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State University in February 2005, securing his education and playing career in Stillwater on a full scholarship. It did not take long for Matt to be successful at the college level. He started all four years at punter, and received numerous awards during his career. He was on the Big XII Academic All-Conference team four years in a row. In 2007 and 2008, he was named team captain and the OSU Teams Player of the Year. He was also the Coach’s Choice Award Winner in 2008. At the conclusion of Matt’s senior season, he received the Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the best punter in the nation. Matt is one of just four national award winners in OSU football history. In addition to the prestigious Ray Guy Award, Matt was also named one of OSU”s Football Athletes of the Year. He was selected to play in the East/West Shrine game, and was the starting punter for the West team. He is also a member of the OSU All-Decade team.
Following his college career, Matt spent time in camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys in 2009. He was also with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010.
Matt and his wife, Kailee live in Wylie. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Gleco Plating Inc.