Rashean Mathis

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Rashean Mathis
Rashean Mathis in 2009.jpg
Rashean Mathis in 2009.
No. 31     Detroit Lions
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-27) August 27, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Jacksonville (FL) Englewood
College: Bethune-Cookman
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Debuted in 2003 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 565
Quarterback sacks 1.0
Interceptions 30
Forced fumbles 6
Stats at NFL.com

Rashean Jamil Mathis (/rəˈʃn/; 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.

Early years[edit]

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.[citation needed] Central Florida Community College and Indian River Community Colleges offered him scholarships to play center field.

College career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

He currently holds the record for the most interceptions in a single season and in a career in collegiate football history.(2011)[1][2] In 2002, he won the Buck Buchanan Award for Division 1-AA (now FCS) defensive player of the year.[3][not in citation given]

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

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.[4]

On March 5, 2013, the Jaguars announced they would not offer Mathis a new contract.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On August 17, 2013, Mathis signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[5] He re-signed with the Lions on April 14, 2014.[6]

Jaguars franchise records[edit]

  • Most career interceptions: 30 [7]
  • Most career interception return yards: 512 [7]
  • Most career defensive touchdowns: 3 [7]
  • Most career passes defended: 99 [7]

NFL stats[edit]

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
2003 JAX 16 81 71 10 0.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 9
2004 JAX 16 63 53 10 0.0 1 0 0 5 42 8 21 0 21
2005 JAX 16 69 60 9 0.0 0 1 0 5 79 16 41 1 16
2006 JAX 16 63 56 7 0.0 0 0 0 8 146 18 55 0 20
2007 JAX 14 58 53 5 0.0 1 0 0 1 23 23 23 0 6
2008 JAX 12 40 39 1 1.0 1 1 0 4 151 38 72 2 9
2009 JAX 10 33 29 4 0.0 2 1 0 3 46 15 29 0 7
2010 JAX 16 57 46 11 0.0 1 0 0 1 24 24 24 0 6
2011 JAX 9 34 32 2 0.0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
2012 JAX 12 20 20 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2013 DET 15 47 44 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
Career 152 565 503 62 1.0 6 5 0 30 512 17 72 3 118

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In the media[edit]

In 2006, Mathis appeared as a celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune during NFL Players Week.[9]

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