Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis retires

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Veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis has announced that he is calling it a career.

“It’s been a long 13 years, a great 13 years,” Mathis told the Lions’ website. “I think it’s time for me to hang up the cleats.”

Mathis said as soon as the 2015 season ended that he was thinking about retiring, although he added that the only coach he would even consider playing for is Jim Caldwell. Mathis is sorry to be saying goodbye to Caldwell and the Lions, but he thinks it’s time.

“My last three years in Detroit have been amazing for me,” Mathis said. “Being with Caldwell these last two years, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The 35-year-old Mathis missed the last nine games of last season after suffering a concussion, but he said in announcing his retirement that he actually felt good about the way his career ended, saying that after suffering that season-ending concussion he shifted into more of a mentoring role with the younger players on the team.

Mathis played his first 10 NFL seasons with the Jaguars before playing the last three seasons with the Lions.

14 responses to “Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis retires

  1. If a concussion keeps you out for 9 games, that’s a real good sign it’s time to walk away from professional football.

  2. Lions fans are extremely greatful for his contributions on the field and in the locker room. He was a completely unexpected key to the secondary, and I hope he is back as an assistant after enjoying some time away.

  3. 97-111 regular season record for the NFL teams he was on. I would have guessed it to be much worse. Congrats, Rashean.

  4. floratiotime says:
    Feb 16, 2016 2:04 PM
    Too bad he spent his time on two bottom feeder teams.

    At his peak, he was a shutdown corner for the Jaguars playoff teams.

  5. From all reports a good guy to whom I wish the best of luck. Nine games out due to a concussion is a sign that it’s time to throw in the towel.

  6. the very single wisest decision he made in his entire career;

    speaks directly to the quality of man he is over and above the mercurial player he was;

    there’s a coaching position waiting for him somewhere, hopefully right here;

    maybe not a HOF player, but most definitely a HOF man;

    thank you, Rashean, for everything;

    if we ever make it to the mountaintop, we will not have to look back down far to see yours were two of the hands what got us there;

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