Mathis More Than Just A Record-Setting RB

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Monday, November 10, 2008.

It's something Thomas Jefferson fans have seen a lot of in the past 4 years. A Derrick Mathis rushing touchdown. In fact, they've seen done 113 times, making him Georgia's all-time rushing touchdown leader.

" I'd have never expected anything like that but I know that it wasn't all me at all," said Mathis. "It had to do with the players on the team. It actually had everything to do with the players on the team. And my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ".

But that's not all. Mathis has rushed for more than 7,000 yards in his career, putting him in the top 5 all-time in the state.

"He can see the field as good as anybody and the next thing is like, he's Houdini," said Wimberly. "He can escape from 3 or 4 tacklers and go and score".

Yet, despite the new records and eye-popping stats, Mathis stays very level-headed and keeps a strong faith in God. Just ask him what his goal was for this football season.

"Preach the gospel and that's it," said Mathis. "And I would say so far, I could've done better but I'm doing what I can. That was the only goal I had coming into this year. Football is, when you think about it, so small compared to what life's really about."

In fact, Mathis tapes a bible verse to the back of his helmet every game and still holds onto each of them to this day.

"He is a truly blessed young man and he's done a lot for Thomas Jefferson Academy and this football program here," said Wimberly. "And he's done a lot for a lot of kids and a lot for this old guy here. I wish every coach would have a kid like Derrick in their program".

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