"I never had to grow up, could play like I was a kid, played till I was 40, and now you are telling me I am in the Hall of Fame," Matthews told the Associated Press. "I hadn't been nervous about it until I saw my family and they were ready to melt down."
Matthews started 292 of the 296 games he appeared in during his NFL career and was voted to 14 consecutive Pro Bowl teams.
The Matthews family has a long history with USC including Bruce's brother Clay, an All-American linebacker who played in 293 NFL games, as well as Clay's sons Kyle and Clay, Jr who have played for the Trojans in recent years. Another of Clay's sons, Brian, serves as the recruiting director for WeAreSC.com.