Bill Mathis (born December 10, 1938 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) was an American college and professional football player. 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.
- ^ Bill Mathis Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
- ^ Can Ex-Athletes Make it on Wall Street. New York Magazine, Jan 8, 1973
By Dean Hanley
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