Bill Mathis
No. 31
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1938-12-10)December 10, 1938
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.
Died:October 20, 2020(2020-10-20) (aged 81)[1]
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Manchester (GA)
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
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Bill Mathis (December 10, 1938 – October 20, 2020) was an American professional football player who was a running back for the New York Titans/Jets in the American Football League (AFL).[2] He played college football for the Clemson Tigers. He started his professional career with the 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 Super Bowl, Mathis led the AFL 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 after winning Super Bowl III. 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. He was inducted into the Clemson University Hall of Fame, South Carolina Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Hall of Fame.

After retiring from football, Mathis began a career on Wall Street, starting at the firm Cogan, Berlind, Weill & Levitt.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Bill Mathis, Titans/Jets Great from 1960-69, Passes Away at 81". Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  2. ^ Bill Mathis Statistics -
  3. ^ Can Ex-Athletes Make it on Wall Street. New York Magazine, January 8, 1973