Evan Mathis in 2014.
|No. 69 Philadelphia Eagles|
|Date of birth:||November 1, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Birmingham, Alabama|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||298 lb (135 kg)|
|High school:||Homewood (AL)|
|NFL draft:||2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Evan Bradley Mathis (born November 1, 1981) is an American football offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Alabama. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
Mathis graduated from Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama, where he played football and competed in track and wrestling. He was coached by Bob Newton in football. In wrestling, Mathis won the 2000 Alabama 6A heavyweight championship. In track & field, Mathis competed in the shot put event (top-throw of 15.24 meters).
Although he bulked up from 240 pounds (110 kg) to 276 pounds (125 kg) after signing with Alabama in February 2000, Mathis was redshirted as a true freshman. In April 2001, he was named the Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman for Alabama along with tight end Theo Sanders. He competed with Alonzo Ephraim for the starting center job during spring practice in 2001, but lost out. Instead, he beat out Dante Ellington for the starting right tackle job, making his first start against South Carolina.
Mathis started four seasons on the offensive line for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. His first three years he played tackle, before shifting to left guard as a senior. He started 47 consecutive games beginning in the 4th game of his redshirt freshman year. He helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for the Tide to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game in 2004.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Mathis to a one-year contract on July 31, 2011. Immediately after the preseason, Mathis won the starting job at left guard for the 2011 season. He signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract with the Eagles on March 17, 2012.
His time with the Eagles received much positive reception, as Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the best guard in the NFL for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 season. In 2014 he was rated as the 2nd best guard, which was impressive since he missed 7 games due to injury.
Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team after the 2012 season.
In 2013, Pro Football Focus chose Mathis for its inaugural Bruce Matthews Award recognizing the NFL's best offensive lineman. He was voted First Team All-Pro in 2013 for his excellent performance with Philadelphia.
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