Robert Mathis is one half of the two-headed pass rushing monster that goes bump in the night for opposing quarterbacks. Along with fellow speed-rushing sack specialist Dwight Freeney, Mathis is a defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts. This big man joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 and had an immediate impact from his first game on.
Robert Mathis, who wears No. 98, is one of the late round NFL draft gems the Indianapolis sports football franchise’s front office has become known for seeking out with great success. Selected in the 5th round with the 138th overall pick, the Colts felt they found something special in Mathis and he has not disappointed.
Born February 26, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Mathis graduated high school from McNair High without the kind of scholarship offers one might associate with such a dominant professional. Not one to be deterred by such a setback, Mathis attended Alabama A&M University which was a Division I-AA athletic school at the time. All Robert Mathis did there to establish himself as one of the college game’s premier pass rushers and sack specialists was set an NCAA Division I-AA single season sack record with 20 quarterback take-downs his senior year.
Hoosiers all over Indiana have fallen in love with the way Mathis makes short work of opposing linemen–while sending signal callers all over the league running for cover. Even though Robert Mathis would be considered the number one pass rusher on nearly every other team in the NFL, he is sometimes lost in the shadow of teammate Dwight Freeney. Where some would let ego get in the way, Mathis realized early on in his career that he was part of something special.
This take-down tandem of defensive ends is well on its way to going down in history as one of the greatest defensive duos in all of NFL history. Mathis finally started to gain some of the recognition he so rightfully deserved in 2008 when he was named to his first ever Pro Bowl. You can watch number No. 98 doing his thing every fall and winter in downtown Indianapolis when the Colts take to action at Lucas Oil Stadium.