Mathis with the Jaguars in 2009
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|Date of birth:||August 27, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Jacksonville (FL) Englewood|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39|
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Rashean Jamil Mathis (//; born August 27, 1980) is a former American football cornerback in 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. He also played for the Detroit Lions.
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. Central Florida Community College and Indian River Community Colleges offered him scholarships to play center field.
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.
He currently holds the record for the most interceptions in a single season and in a career in collegiate football history.(2011) In 2002, he won the Buck Buchanan Award for Division 1-AA (now FCS) defensive player of the year.[not in citation given]
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.
On March 5, 2013, the Jaguars announced they would not offer Mathis a new contract.
On August 17, 2013, Mathis signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. He re-signed with the Lions on April 14, 2014. On March 19, 2015, the Lions re-signed Mathis to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
On February 16, 2016, Mathis announced his retirement.
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