Celebrating Robert Mathis 01-01-2017

(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. Not 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.

The A-Train Rant 13.0!

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It’s the weekend and I have some things that need to be said…

  1. Jason Kidd coaching the Brooklyn Nets is like Whoopi Goldberg’s character Eddie coaching the New York Knicks…it’s a joke.
  2. Chris Petersen is a great hire for Washington, he’ll start stealing those Pac-12 recruits from USC, UCLA and Oregon.
  3. Might have to start watching the 2014 World Cup, if not, I should start playing FIFA.
  4. Maybe Jay-Z is a smart guy after all. Kudos to him netting former New York Yankees 2nd baseman Robinson Cano a $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. Maybe Cano might humble himself after all in a new uniform. Then again, it’s Robinson Cano. Shoutout to Stephen A. Smith for calling out the Yankees on First Take. (NOTE: I rarely watch that show)
  5. Watched Bulls/Heat last night…I guess it’s one of those times the Heat plays like crapola before turning it up in the month of April.
  6. I really want Mizzou to win the SEC Championship just to see how screwy the BCS gang will be towards them.
  7. Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the New York Mets…Hey Mets management, how did that deal with Jason Bay work out? Curt, make your money! If you screw the Mets, I love every minute of it.
  8. Gary Kubiak getting fired from the Houston Texans was understandable, but don’t fire the man when he just got off a stroke. I don’t care how big or how small it was. Damn. I guess 11 straight losses made sure he got that ax quick.
  9. To the gamer who cussed during the middle of a game on NBA 2K14…do that again, it was hilarious.
  10. I want to see how the Downtown Athletic Club treats Jameis Winston now that he is not charged…My race card is ready to pulled if he doesn’t win the Heisman. He’s the favorite. Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron can both go to hell.
  11. I actually miss Lovie Smith. It’s time for him to get back in the saddle as head coach for a team…maybe the Houston Texans come to mind. I don’t know.
  12. I would actually laugh if the Miami Heat trade Dwyane Wade.
  13. What was the point of the Indianapolis Colts getting Trent Richardson? I’ll leave that for YOU to answer.
  14. DeMarcus Cousins should have no reason saying anything about anybody. You play for the Sacramento Kings dude, the Kings.
  15. What happened to the St. Louis Blues? Please EA, be correct on this prediction.
  16. So…is Kobe coming back?

That will wrap up this rant for today. More to come. Make sure you tune in to “Beyond The Ropes” on Youtube, comes on every Monday night after Raw. It’s LIVE and you can chat with the crew.

N The Zone TV is coming soon. You don’t want to miss that either.

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