Bill Mathis

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Bill Mathis
No. 31
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1938-12-10) December 10, 1938 (age 79)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 8 / Pick: 88
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Denver Broncos)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • TSN All-AFL (1961)
  • AFL All-Star (1961, 1963)
  • American Football League Champion
  • World Champion, 1968
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Bill Mathis (born December 10, 1938) was an American college and professional football player.[1] A halfback, he is in the Clemson University Hall of Fame, South Carolina Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Hall of Fame. He started his professional career with the American Football League's New York Titans, and played his entire career with the AFL's New York franchise. One of four Titans who remained with the New York Jets to play in and win a World Championship game, Mathis led the American Football League in carries in 1961 and was selected by his peers to the Sporting News 1961 AFL All-League team. He was an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1961 and 1963. Mathis had a collarbone broken in the third game of 1961, against the Boston Patriots. He played in the next game, and in fact in all the remaining games of the season.

That persistence allowed him to gain a roster spot year after year, and end his career in 1969 as a member of the World Champion Jets. He is one of twenty players who were in the AFL for its entire ten-year existence, and seven players who played their entire AFL careers for one franchise.

After retiring from football, Mathis began a career on Wall Street, starting at the firm Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Bill Mathis Statistics -
  2. ^ Can Ex-Athletes Make it on Wall Street. New York Magazine, Jan 8, 1973

External links

  • Mathis' jersey from his 1961 injury
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