Report: Searchers Find Former Steelers WR Ray Mathews

Some good news to report this morning as former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ray Mathews has been found alive after being reported missing Tuesday evening.

WPXI reports Wednesday morning that searchers located Mathews in an area of woods near White Oak Road and crews trying to get to him in order to extricate him.

Mathews family notified police on Tuesday after the 84 year-old never returned home from his daily walk. Mathews apparently suffers from dementia.

Mathews was drafted by the Steelers in the 7th round (81st overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He played nine seasons in Pittsburgh and caught 230 passes for 3,919 yards and 34 touchdowns during that span and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1952 and 1955.

Mathews is 10th in Steelers franchise history in receiving yards, and is 13th in receptions.

  • steeltown

    That’s good news

  • T R

    Whoever he is.. Good news. . way before my existence…

  • Shea Fahr

    One Tough Man right there. Very glad to hear.


    Good to hear he was found. My late father had dementia coupled with Parkinson’s and he escaped the house once,.. very worrying situation.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    I remember my father speaking highly of him. Glad for a positive outcome of what might have been a tragic situation.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Great News Dave

  • treeher

    I remember listening to Steeler games as a little boy and Ray Matthews was one of the stars … remember, they only had a 12 game season and the running game dominated. For example, the league’s leading receiver in 1959 was Tommy MacDonald with about 850 yards. Matthews also rushed for over 1,000 yards during his career.

  • CW

    Great news. Happy to hear that this old Steeler is safe.

  • William B. Senter

    I’m really glad they found Ray Mathews and I hope he’s alright. When I was a pre-teen and teenager. I would follow the Steelers in the Columbus, Ohio newspapers and on tv whenever I could. When I saw them on tv it was usually vs the Cleveland Browns. Back then those games were usually loses. I would watched every game though and hoped for a Steeler win. Those days Steeler wins didn’t come often. It was the great play of Lynn Chandnois and Ray that really made me a Steeler fan. Lynn was my favorite Steeler and Ray was a close runner up. In the last few years 2010 and 2011, I would call Mr. Chandnois and we would talk 15 or 20 minutes and I enjoyed it., Lynn said he did to. I was glad I sent him a birthday card in 2011. When I called him he thanked me for it. It makes me sad because that was the last time we spoke. He was such a nice man and a real gentleman. Once again I’m very happy that they found Mr. Mathews. Go Steelers !!