• Named first team All-Dade and first team All-State
  • 22 tackles – Team captain his senior year
  • A hall of fame member


Matt Britton started at linebacker for three years for the Explorers and left this school with a reputation for intensity and tenacity.  Matt Britton recorded 22 tackles — an unfathomable number at  any level. He was team captain his senior year and was named first team All-Dade and first team All-State.  So dominant was he in just one sport that Columbus named Matt Britton its Most Outstanding Athlete in 1987.

Leaving Columbus, Matt drew interest from numerous schools but ultimately decided to stay at home and play for the Miami Hurricanes …..It was a good decision … as Matt helped Miami to three national championships in four years.

Matt was a key contributor during his freshman year at Miami.  In fact, people in the NFL were already talking about Matt being a potential first round draft pick……    However, during his sophomore year, Matt suffered a devastating knee injury that cost him a year of playing time and much of the speed that made him so great.

He did come back late in his junior year and also played as a senior …. But Matt will be the first to tell you he was only half the player he had been before the injury. … Thus, his dreams of playing in the National Football League never materialized.

Today, Matt Britton lives in Atlanta and he has two children ……  he is in the real estate business with former Columbus High and University of Miami teammate Carlos Huerta.