Robert Mathis is a linebacker and defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at Alabama A&M University and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Mathis was born on February 26, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia. He played high school football McNair High School in Atlanta.
Mathis was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. His senior season, Mathis set an NCAA I-AA record with 20 sacks, establishing himself as one of the most dominant defensive player in I-AA history.
He finished his collegiate career with 44 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.
Mathis was drafted in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Despite starting only game in his first three seasons, Mathis...
Despite starting only game in his first three seasons, Mathis totaled 25.5 sacks and had 17 forced fumbles, including a then career-high 11.5 sacks in 2005.
He earned his first trip to the Pro-Bowl in 2008 after finishing the season with 48 tackles, 11.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a score.
His best season came in 2013 when he led the league with 19.5 sacks on his to his fifth Pro-Bowl and being named a first-team All-Pro.
Mathis’ 111 career sacks ranks 20th all time.