Rashean Mathis named No. 8 on Jags All-25

Former Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis has been named No. 8 on the Jaguars All-25, the team announced today.

“I want to thank everyone for including me on the All-25 team,” said Mathis.  “I couldn’t even have dreamed growing up in the city that I would one day be thanking you guys for letting me be a part of the Jaguars, and a very important part.  Thank you.  Go Jags!  DUUUVAL!”

Mathis, 6-1, 195, was selected 39th overall in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jaguars. He spent the next 10 seasons with the Jaguars, anchoring the team’s secondary. His 30 career interceptions, 512 career interception return yards and 35 total career takeaways (30 interceptions, five fumble recoveries) are all franchise records. Mathis appeared in 137 games during the 2003-12 seasons, ranking seventh in franchise history with the most by a Jaguars defensive back. His 129 starts, which include his first six as a rookie at free safety before moving to cornerback for the final 10 starts that year, rank fifth in franchise history.

In 2006, Mathis recorded a career-high, franchise-record eight interceptions en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.

“I’ve done this 20 years covering the NFL. I think he is the best athlete I’ve ever covered,” said Mark Long, writer for the Associated Press and a Jaguars All-25 voter. “He could’ve played professional basketball, could’ve play professional baseball. He was that good of an athlete.”

Mathis is a Jacksonville native and attended Englewood High School, where he was a second-team All-State selection before enrolling at nearby Bethune-Cookman University. At Bethune-Cookman, Mathis was a three-time Division I-AA All-American and totaled 31 interceptions in four years while playing cornerback and free safety.