Matt Gay is an American professional football placekicker for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 5, 2020, he was waived by the Buccaneers. On September 15, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He was released on November 6, but re-signed the next day. On November 17, 2020, he joined the Rams. He played in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 2021.
Gay was born on March 15, 1994, in Orem, Utah. He played college football for the University of Utah. He earned All-America honors and the Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award in 2017 as the top kicker in the nation.
He also played soccer for Utah Valley University for two seasons. He told the Church News, “Soccer was my No. 1 passion, and soccer was what I wanted to do. Football wasn’t ever really on my mind.”
Gay served as a missionary in Houston, Texas, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He returned home from his mission earlier than he had planned due to depression. “Jesus suffered what I was suffering,” he said. “Just knowing that He went through what I’ve gone through and being able to go to Him for advice — and help and strength — were really at the core of what got me out of what I was dealing with.”
Gay and his wife, Millie, are the parents of two sons.