(via Associated Press)
Robert Mathis in Super Bowl XLI (via Associated Press)

Congratulations again to defensive end Robert Mathis (@RobertMathis98) of the Indianapolis Colts, who played his last NFL game on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mathis was considered, when he came into the league in 2003, as a very undersized defensive end. Tony Dungy, who was Mathis’ first coach in the NFL, believed in Mathis and had his name called for every game in his rookie season.┬áNot bad for a guy that was a 5th round draft pick out of Alabama A&M University, which is also my alma mater. In Mathis’ first 3 seasons, he was used as a pass rush specialist and each season, he improved his total number of sacks recorded. Mathis would go on to become a 6-time Pro Bowler, made an All-Pro team twice, once led the NFL in sacks and was a Super Bowl champion with Dungy in Super Bowl XLI (41). As a young reporter for Alabama A&M, I got to cover a special championship celebration for Mathis. I swear to you, it was truly an honor to be there for the event, it was truly an honor to interview a Super Bowl champion. I have taken pictures with a Super Bowl champion, but never interviewed one. Mathis, was the first. So…what you will some of the interview I did with Mathis. I really do hope that he gets that golden jacket and a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Congratulations to you, #98!

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NOTE: The date on the video will say 2009 because I finally decided to put the reel up then, thanks to some help from a great media dad/brother/friend. Thanks CP. You know who you are.

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