Rashean Mathis in 2009.
No. 31 Detroit Lions
|Date of birth:August 27, 1980|
|Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida|
|High school: Jacksonville (FL) Englewood|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39|
|Debuted in 2003 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Rashean Jamil Mathis (//; born August 27, 1980) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Bethune-Cookman University, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Mathis attended Englewood High School in Jacksonville at the same time as Brett Myers of the Chicago White Sox, and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a second team All-State, All-Conference, and an All-City honoree. Also, claims being recruited out of high school for baseball was highlight of his athletic career. Central Florida Community College and Indian River Community Colleges offered him scholarships to play center field.
Mathis enrolled in Bethune-Cookman University, where he played for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats football team. He did not receive any scholarship offers from larger schools because he broke his leg during high school.
He currently holds the record for the most interceptions in a single season and in a career in collegiate football history.(2011) In 2002, he won the Buck Buchanan Award for Division 1-AA (now FCS) defensive player of the year.[not in citation given]
Mathis had 81 tackles as a rookie. He played both safety and cornerback his rookie year. He converted to cornerback full-time in 2004. Mathis had 2 interceptions in his rookie year and another 10 interceptions combined in the two years following. He had his best year in 2006, collecting 8 interceptions (tied for third in the league) and being voted to the Pro Bowl where he started alongside Champ Bailey. He and John Henderson were the only Jaguars on the team to attend the Pro Bowl that year.
Mathis had his most significant game as a professional on January 5, 2008 in an AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 2 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
On December 1, 2008, Mathis sustained a knee injury against the Houston Texans and was put on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
On November 16, 2009, Mathis injured his groin while breaking up a pass in a win over the New York Jets. He would only play in one other game during the 2009 season, missing the rest because of the lingering injury.
On November 13, 2011, Mathis tore his ACL against the Indianapolis Colts, ending his season.
On March 8, 2012, Mathis agreed on a 1-year, $5 million contract with the Jaguars.
On March 5, 2013, the Jaguars announced they would not offer Mathis a new contract.
Jaguars franchise records
- Most career interceptions: 30 
- Most career interception return yards: 512 
- Most career defensive touchdowns: 3 
- Most career passes defended: 99 
|Year||Team||Games||Combined Tackles||Tackles||Assisted Tackles||Sacks||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Fumble Return Yards||Interceptions||Interception Return Yards||Yards per Interception Return||Longest Interception Return||Interceptions Returned for Touchdown||Passes Defended|
In the media
- Rashean Mathis Defensive Statistics
- Jags re-sign Rashean Mathis to one-year, $5 million deal
- Sessler, Marc (August 17, 2013). "Rashean Mathis, Detroit Lions sign one-year contract". NFL.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- Gantt, Darin. "Lions bring back Rashean Mathis for another year". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- "Jacksonville Jaguars Defense Career Register". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Rashean Mathis Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 March 2014.