Robert Mathis

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Robert Mathis
Robert Mathis.jpg
Mathis in 2010
No. 98     Indianapolis Colts
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-02-26) February 26, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Atlanta (GA) McNair
College: Alabama A&M
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Debuted in 2003 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Roster status: Reserve/Non-Football Injury
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles 487
Quarterback sacks 111.0
Forced fumbles 48
Interceptions 1
Safeties 1
Stats at NFL.com

Robert Nathan Mathis[3] (born February 26, 1981) is an American football player currently playing outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Alabama A&M University. He was drafted by the Colts in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Mathis was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended McNair High School in Atlanta.

College career[edit]

Mathis enrolled in at Alabama A&M University, where he was a four-year starter for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs football team. He set an NCAA I-AA record with 20 sacks during his senior season and established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in NCAA I-AA history.[4] In the summer of 2010, Mathis graduated with a degree in exercise science with a minor in physical education, and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Nu Epsilon chapter.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Mathis was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 138th selection in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Mathis immediately stepped in during his rookie season as a pass rush specialist, seeing action in all 16 regular season games and recording 20 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.[6] During his second season, Mathis took another step forward as he increased his numbers to 36 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles, despite appearing only as a specialist and starting only 1 game.[6] In Mathis's third season, he set a Colts franchise record with 8 consecutive games with at least 1 sack, and finished the season with 54 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles, despite missing three games due to injuries.[6]

Following the 2005 season, Robert Mathis signed a 5-year extension with the Colts worth $30 million, making him one of the highest paid defensive ends in the league at the time.[7] The following season, Mathis started every game for the first time in his career, recording a career high 65 tackles along with 9.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.[6] That year, Mathis helped the Colts go on to beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to become NFL Champions. In 2007, Mathis recorded 32 tackles, 7 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in an injury shortened season.[6]

In 2008, Mathis had his best statistical season to date, posting 48 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.[6] He was also voted to the 2009 Pro Bowl for the AFC behind then-teammate and perennial Pro-Bowler Dwight Freeney.

In November 2009, Mathis won his first career AFC Defensive Player of the Month award, and finished the season with 37 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.[8][6] He would win his second such award for his defensive performance in September 2010,[9] and would finish 2010 with 60 tackles, 11 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.[6]

Mathis recorded 9.5 sacks during the 2011 regular season, along with 43 tackles and 3 forced fumbles.[6] It was the seventh season in his 9-year NFL career that he had at least 9.5 sacks. On January 2, 2012 Mathis was added to the AFC Pro Bowl Roster to replace Patriots DE Andre Carter.[10] On January 23, 2012 Mathis decided not to play in Pro Bowl.[11] Mathis recorded 33 tackles, 8 sacks, and 1 forced fumble in 12 games during the 2012 season.[6]

Mathis began playing strong-side outside linebacker under new Colts head coach Chuck Pagano during the 2012 season. He recorded his first interception against Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in a 35-33 win during week 13.[12]

In week 5 of the 2013 season against the Seattle Seahawks, Mathis recorded the 100th sack of his career, becoming the 30th player in league history to do so. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, the third time he has won the award.[13]

On November 24, 2013 during a game against the Cardinals, Mathis recorded his 40th career strip/sack, breaking the previous record held by Jason Taylor.[14]

In a Week 15 matchup with the Houston Texans on December 15, 2013, Mathis sacked quarterback Case Keenum giving him the Colts' single-season record of 16.5 sacks and the franchise record of 108.0 career sacks, breaking marks previously held by Dwight Freeney, his former teammate. It was also his 42nd strip/sack of his career, adding to his NFL record of career sack forced fumbles.[2]

Mathis would lead the NFL in sacks with 19.5, a half sack more than Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams.[15] He was awarded the inaugural Deacon Jones award for leading the NFL in sacks,[1] and also won his second AFC Defensive Player of the Month award of the 2013 season for his performance in December.[16]

On May 16, 2014, it was announced that Mathis would serve a 4 game suspension for violating the leagues' drug policy. Mathis issued a statement later that day explaining that his violation of the league's substance abuse policy was due to taking unapproved fertility drugs to conceive a child.[17]

On September 8, 2014, it was reported that Mathis had torn his Achilles tendon while working out on his own, sidelining him for the season.[18] The Colts signed Mathis to a one-year extension on September 30, 2014.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TDs
Regular season
2003 Indianapolis Colts 16 0 20 17 3 3.5 1 0.0 3 1 0 0
2004 Indianapolis Colts 16 1 36 32 4 10.5 0 0.0 6 3 26 0
2005 Indianapolis Colts 13 0 54 43 11 11.5 1 0.0 8 0 0 0
2006 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 65 50 15 9.5 3 0.0 4 2 0 0
2007 Indianapolis Colts 13 12 32 26 6 7.0 0 0.0 4 1 0 0
2008 Indianapolis Colts 15 2 48 36 12 11.5 3 0.0 5 3 37 1
2009 Indianapolis Colts 14 9 37 24 13 9.5 2 0.0 5 0 0 0
2010 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 60 44 16 11.0 1 0.0 1 1 1 0
2011 Indianapolis Colts 16 15 43 29 14 9.5 1 0.0 3 3 0 0
2012 Indianapolis Colts 12 12 33 22 11 8.0 2 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2013 Indianapolis Colts 16 16 59 43 16 19.5 1 1 0.0 8 0 0 0
Total 163 99 487 366 121 111.0 1 15 1 1 1 1 0 48 14 64 1
^† League Leader

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alper, Josh (January 2, 2014). "Robert Mathis wins inaugural Deacon Jones Award". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bowen, Kevin (December 15, 2013). "Robert Mathis Breaks Franchise Sack Record". colts.com. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mathis Pro Football Reference Profile". pro-football-reference.com. 
  4. ^ Rank, Adam (February 10, 2014). "NFL players from historically black colleges". National Football League. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Robert Mathis: The Official Website of the Indianapolis Colts". Colts.com. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Robert Mathis, OLB for the Indianapolis Colts at NFL.com". nfl.com. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mathis signs 5 year, $30 dollar extension with Colts". Colts.com. 
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (December 3, 2009). "AFC defensive player of the month should get Robert Mathis a cash prize". nbcsports.com. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (September 30, 2010). "Robert Mathis pockets AFC defensive player of the month award". nbcsports.com. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Colts DE Robert Mathis added to Pro Bowl roster". indystar.com. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Colts defensive end Robert Mathis won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu". indystar.com. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Recap: Detroit vs. Indianapolis". usatoday.com. December 2, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Colts OLB-Robert Mathis named AFC Defensive Player of the Month". colts.com. October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ Chappell, Mike (November 24, 2013). "Colts flaws vividly exposed in 40-11 loss". indystar.com. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kelley, Craig (December 29, 2013). "Robert Mathis, NFL Sack Champion". colts.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Alper, Josh (January 2, 2014). "Robert Mathis caps stellar season with AFC defensive player of the month". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Rosenthal, Greg (May 16, 2014). "Colts' Robert Mathis suspended four games for PEDs". NFL.com. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ Chappell, Mike (September 8, 2014). "Colts LB Robert Mathis tears Achilles, out for the season". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Colts sign Mathis to extension through 2016". Sportsnet. September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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