For the U.S. Air Force general, see Robert C. Mathis.
Robert Mathis
Mathis in 2010
No. 98     Indianapolis Colts
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-02-26) February 26, 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: Atlanta (GA) McNair
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama A&M
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Debuted in 2003 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 2003–present)
Career highlights and awards
* 5× Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     428
Quarterback sacks     91.5
Forced fumbles     40
Interceptions     1
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Robert Nathan Mathis (born February 26, 1981) is an American football 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 yearsEdit

Mathis attended McNair High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

College careerEdit

As a 4-year starter at Alabama A&M University, Mathis set an NCAA 1-AA record with 20 sacks during his senior season and established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in NCAA 1-AA history. 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.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

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. 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. 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.

Following the 2005 season, Robert Mathis signed a 5 year extension with the Colts believed to be worth $30 million, making him one of the highest paid defensive ends in the league.[2] 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. 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.

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

Mathis recorded 9.5 sacks during the 2011 Regular Season. It was the seventh season in his 9-year NFL career that he had at least 9.5 sacks. He will be an unrestricted free agent during the off-season. On January 2, 2012 Mathis was added to the AFC Pro Bowl Roster to replace Patriots DE Andre Carter.[3] On January 23, 2012 Mathis decided not to play in Pro Bowl to be with his family instead.[4] He was replaced by Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith.

Mathis now plays strong-side outside linebacker under new Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.[5] He recorded his first interception against Detroit Lions in week 13.


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