The great former defensive end will be part of Colts lore forever once he is inducted on November 22nd.
Robert Mathis had a fantastic career for the Indianapolis Colts. He teamed up with Dwight Freeney to form one of the most feared pass-rushing tandems in the history of the NFL back in the 2000s. Mathis ended up staying with the team longer than Freeney did, and now he gets to join him on the Ring of Honor.
Mathis will be inducted into the Colts’ Ring of Honor on November 22nd when the Colts host the Packers. Mathis will be the latest player from the late 2000s to get this great honor. But Mathis’ best season wasn’t even in that decade. It was more recent than that.
His best season was in 2013 when he led the league with an incredible 19.5 sacks. In that season, he was selected to his fifth and final Pro Bowl, as well as his only time as a First-Team All-Pro. That was his second season as an outside linebacker after the defense converted to a 3-4 from a 4-3.
Mathis owns the record for most strip-sacks in the NFL with 47. He is also the team record holder for sacks with 123 and defensive touchdowns with three. He is one of the most popular players in Colts history and undoubtedly deserves to be in the Ring of Honor.
Mathis is currently a pass-rush specialist with the Indianapolis Colts and still very much involved with the organization. If he can teach anything to the current players on the team, the defense will be a very scary unit for years to come.
Hopefully, there will be fans in the stands for this game so that Mathis gets his deserved reception during this very high honor.