Evan Mathis

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Evan Mathis
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Mathis with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014
No. 71, 73, 66, 69
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1981-11-01) November 1, 1981 (age 38)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Homewood (AL)
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:134
Games started:94
Player stats at NFL.com

Evan Bradley Mathis (born November 1, 1981) is a former American football offensive guard who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Mathis has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. Nowadays he participates in poker tournaments with the most current one being PSPC where he finished in 35th place.

Early years[edit]

Mathis graduated from Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama, where he played football and competed in track and wrestling. He was coached by Bob Newton in football. In wrestling, Mathis won the 2000 Alabama 6A heavyweight championship. In track & field, Mathis competed in the shot put event (top-throw of 15.24 meters).

College career[edit]

Although he bulked up from 240 pounds (110 kg) to 276 pounds (125 kg) after signing with Alabama in February 2000,[1] Mathis was redshirted as a true freshman. In April 2001, he was named the Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman for Alabama along with tight end Theo Sanders.[2] He competed with Alonzo Ephraim for the starting center job during spring practice in 2001,[3] but lost out. Instead, he beat out Dante Ellington for the starting right tackle job,[4] making his first start against South Carolina.[5]

Mathis started four seasons on the offensive line for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. His first three years he played tackle, before shifting to left guard as a senior. He started 47 consecutive games beginning in the 4th game of his redshirt freshman year. He helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for the Crimson Tide to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
4.97 s 1.72 s 2.87 s 4.16 s 7.37 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
35 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Mathis was signed by the Miami Dolphins on September 9, 2008 after Donald Thomas, their rookie starting right guard spot was put on injured reserve. The Dolphins released him November 8 after playing seven games for them.[7]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Mathis played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008–2010. He did not allow a sack during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[8]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Mathis to a one-year contract on July 31, 2011.[9] Immediately after the preseason, Mathis won the starting job at left guard for the 2011 season.[10] He signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract with the Eagles on March 17, 2012.

Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the best guard in the NFL for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 season. In 2014, he was rated as the second best guard in the league despite missing seven games due to injury.[11]

Mathis was named to the USA Today All-Pro Team after the 2012 season.[12]

Ranked #6 overall in Pro Football Focus' Top 101 of 2012.[13] In 2013, Pro Football Focus chose Mathis for its inaugural Bruce Matthews Award recognizing the NFL's best offensive lineman.[14] He was voted First Team All-Pro in 2013 for his excellent performance with Philadelphia.[15]

Mathis was released by the team on June 11, 2015 after he held out of OTAs in search of a new contract.[16]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On August 25, 2015, Mathis agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos.[17] On February 7, 2016, Mathis won his first career Super Bowl when the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.[18]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Mathis signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals on March 16, 2016.[19] He was placed on injured reserve on October 8, 2016 after suffering an ankle injury in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers.[20] Mathis announced his retirement via Twitter on January 20, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Mathis and Dwayne Johnson in 2012

Mathis's uncle is Bob Baumhower, who played defensive tackle for Alabama and the Miami Dolphins.[21]


  1. ^ Lumpkin III, Bill (June 16, 2000). "Alabama, Mississippi stars face off tonight". Gasden Times. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Deas, Tommy (April 15, 2001). "Croyle wrestles Myles down after touchdown". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Hurt, Cecil (March 15, 2001). "Franchione doesn't see same move as Tuesday". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Hurt, Cecil (August 5, 2002). "Dante Ellington takes redshirt to improve". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Hurt, Cecil (October 4, 2001). "Franchione shuffles secondary lineup". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=54453&draftyear=2005&genpos=OG
  7. ^ Dolphins Release Guard Evan Mathis, Promote Matt McChesney From Practice Squad
  8. ^ Swarz, Bryn (July 31, 2011). "Allure Of Mudd Lures Vet Mathis". philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  9. ^ Graziano, Dan (July 31, 2011). "Eagles sign Mathis, wait out Watkins". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  10. ^ McLane, Jeff (August 27, 2011). "Herremans to RT; Mathis to LG. Evan Mathis quickly rose to the top of most NFL offensive lineman ranks". philly.com. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Elsayed, Khaled (January 5, 2012). "2011 PFF All-Pro Team". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Davis, Nate (February 13, 2013). "Alex Smith, Super Bowl QBs headline USA TODAY Sports' 21st All-Joe team". usatoday.com. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Elsayed, Khaled (May 3, 2013). "PFF's Top 101 of 2012". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Monson, Sam (January 9, 2014). "2013 Bruce Matthews Award". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  15. ^ http://pro32.ap.org/article/2013-all-pro-team
  16. ^ Brady, James. "Evan Mathis released by Eagles, per report". SB Nation. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  17. ^ Mason, Andrew. "Broncos agree to terms with two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  18. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  19. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 16, 2016). "Cardinals agree to 1-year contract with Evan Mathis". NFL.com. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  20. ^ Urban, Darren (October 8, 2016). "Evan Mathis Placed On IR". AZCardinals.com. Archived from the original on January 9, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  21. ^ Kiper Jr., Mel (August 12, 2002). "Alabama in hunt in SEC West". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 31, 2011.

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