One of the best HBCU products in recent NFL history is calling it quits on Sunday, but it is clear he can still set it owt. Former Alabama A&M star Robert Mathis announced on Friday that he will play his final NFL game on Jan. 1 when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The former AAMU star has spent all 14 seasons of his career with the Colts. The Atlanta native first made noise in Indy as a college senior at the Circle City Classic back in 2002. That season he recorded 20 sacks, and impressed former Colts head coach Tony Dungy.
“Other than Barry Sanders, the best college highlight tape I’ve ever seen,” Dungy said of Mathis’ film via Colts.com. “I’m saying, ‘I don’t think this guy is real.’ Of course it’s small school and grainy film and people are saying against different competition he won’t be able to do it.
Of course, Mathis was all real. He enters his final game with 128 sacks, the most in Colts history, and the 18th most of all-time. He recorded 19.5 of them in 2013, earning the Deacon Jones Award.
Since then, however, injuries have slowed down the now 35-year-old when offensive linemen couldn’t. But he’s doing it on his own terms.
“I want to walk away, not limp away,” Mathis said. “The rest of my body goes to my kids.”
He may not be taking down quarterbacks, but Mathis showed on Friday that he can still rep for The Bruhs from time to time.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 30, 2016