Jerome Mathis
No. --     Free agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Hampton University
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Debuted in 2005 for the Houston Texans
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2005 2007)
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2005)
Stats at
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Jerome Alvon Mathis (born July 26, 1983 ) is a professional American and Canadian football wide receiver and kick returner who currently is a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football for Hampton.

Mathis has also been a member of the Washington Redskins. He earned a Pro Bowl selection and was an All-Pro with the Texans in 2005.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Mathis attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, where he was an all-state, all-district and all-metro wide receiver and kick returner. He left high school as a six time state champion in track, winning the 2001 national indoor 200 meter title, and setting the 7th fastest time in the nation with 21.79 seconds, at the Nike Classic. He also set the joint 5th fastest 55 meter indoor time in the nation that year with 6.29, faster than Tyson Gay, and the 2nd fastest 300 meter indoor time with 34.03.[1]

Track and field[edit | edit source]

Personal bests[edit | edit source]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.93 Landover, Idaho January 4, 2003
100 meters 10.49 Orlando, Florida May 8, 2003
200 meters 20.32 Gainesville, Florida May 29, 2004
400 meters 50.06 University Park, Virginia January 31, 2004

College career[edit | edit source]

Mathis holds the NCAA record for career kick return average, breaking the record set by John Taylor of Delaware State University, with an average of 26.6 yards per return.[citation needed] He also holds the NCAA record for career kickoff returns for a touchdown with six.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft[edit | edit source]

Mathis recorded the third fastest 40 time (4.28 seconds) ever at the NFL Combine, behind Fabian Washington (4.25 seconds) and Chris Johnson (4.24 seconds).

Houston Texans[edit | edit source]

In his rookie season with the Texans, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the AFC to be their starter as a kick returner. He was one of three rookies (Shawne Merriman, linebacker, of the San Diego Chargers and Lofa Tatupu, linebacker, of the Seattle Seahawks, being the others) selected to be participants in the game.

Mathis fractured his left foot in June 2006 and was expected to miss only four months.[2] He returned to practice in November 2006 after missing the first nine games of the season.[3] He was later placed on Injured Reserve. Mathis then played in only three games in 2007 before once again being place on Injured Reserve.

Nine days after being arrested on February 19, 2008, the Texans chose not to tender Mathis a contract as a restricted free agent.

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

On April 4, 2008, Mathis was signed by the Washington Redskins. He was waived by the team on May 15.

Toronto Argonauts[edit | edit source]

Mathis signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on May 11, 2009,[4] and was hoped to replace the loss of Dominique Dorsey to the NFL as kick returner on special teams[5] but was hampered by injuries and cut at the end of training camp.[6][7] He was re-signed on September 17. On November 6, 2009, Mathis was released by the Argonauts.

Pittsburgh Power[edit | edit source]

Mathis signed with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League on January 4, 2011.[8] Mathis had a career game on June 11, 2011 against the Tampa Bay Storm, setting new Power single-game franchise records for yards receiving (195), longest reception (46 yards), and longest kick return (57 yards). He also tied Mike Washington's single-game franchise record with 12 receptions and had the first kick return touchdown in Power history. Mathis played in 9 games for the Power, catching 30 passes for 418 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also returned 31 kickoffs for 688 yards and 1 touchdown.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Career Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD LNG
2005 Houston Texans 12 5 65 13.0 1 34
2006 Houston Texans 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Houston Texans 3 1 15 15.0 0 15
Total 17 6 80 13.3 1 34
Career Statistics Return Statistics
Year Team G KR Yards Y/R FC TD LNG PR Yards Y/R FC TD LNG
2005 Houston Texans 12 54 1,542 28.6 0 2 99 12 68 5.7 0 0 19
2006 Houston Texans 2 7 192 27.4 0 0 87 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Houston Texans 3 11 320 29.0 0 1 84 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 17 72 2,154 28.5 0 3 99 12 68 5.7 0 0 19

Legal troubles[edit | edit source]

In December 2007, Mathis was issued a misdemeanor citation for loose dogs after his neighbors complained that they were harassed by his escaped pit bulls. Mathis, allowed the dogs to remain loose and kept unvaccinated animals. Officers captured one dog and three puppies near Mathis' Manvel home. No injuries were reported.[9]

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