Rashean Mathis, the former Jaguar great, has announced his retirement from the league. While in Jacksonville, Rashean was an absolute beast for many years. The local kid from Bethune Cookman turned hometown hero will no doubt go down as the best cornerback in Jaguars' history.
Rashean was drafted with the the 39th overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Jaguars. He spent 10 seasons with the team, helping guide the Jags to two playoff appearances. Mathis made one Pro Bowl and was selected to the All-Pro team the same season (2006). In that 2006 season Mathis lead the league in interceptions with 8. He was a true difference maker on some of the best defenses in team history. Mathis currently has the most interceptions in team history (30), the most pick sixes (3), the most passes defended (104), and the fourth most tackles (518).
Rashean provided some incredible, unforgettable moments to the fans of the black and teal, most memorable, his 2 interception game in Pittsburgh in the 2007 Playoffs. Not only did he record 2 INTs, but he also returned one to the house for a 63 yard TD. With out the efforts of Mathis the Jaguars would certainly have fallen short to the Steelers that day, but they didn't. On that day the Jaguars beat the Steelers and became the only team to ever beat the Steelers twice in Pittsburgh in one season.
Mathis faded late in his career with the Jaguars and eventually found his way to Detroit where he had been a starter since 2013. Despite his exit from Jacksonville, he will always be remembered fondly by Jaguar fans and is undoubtedly the best CB to ever don the black and teal.
Thanks for the memories Rashean!
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