Phidarian Mathis
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Mathis with the Washington Commanders in 2022
No. 98 – Washington Commanders
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1998-04-26) April 26, 1998 (age 24)
Wisner, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:312 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:Neville (Monroe, Louisiana)
College:Alabama (2017–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Phidarian "Phil" Mathis (born April 26, 1998) is an American football defensive tackle for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Commanders in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Mathis was born on April 26, 1998, in Wisner, Louisiana. He attended Franklin Parish High School prior to moving after his sophomore year to Monroe, Louisiana, where he enrolled at Neville High School.[1][2] As a senior, he had 41 tackles and seven sacks.[3] Mathis was rated a four-star recruit and committed to play college football at Alabama over offers from LSU and TCU.[4][5]

College career

Mathis redshirted his true freshman season at Alabama. He played in all 15 of the Crimson Tide's games as a redshirt freshman and was named to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team.[6] Mathis had 31 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks with a forced fumble as the Crimson Tide won the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.[7] Mathis declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following the season.[8]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 4+14 in
(1.94 m)
310 lb
(141 kg)
34+58 in
(0.88 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
4.91 s 23.5 in
(0.60 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)

Mathis was selected by the Washington Commanders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.[11] He signed his four-year rookie contract on June 21, 2022.[12] In his NFL debut, Mathis tore the meniscus in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve.[13][14]

Personal life

Mathis goes by the nickname of Phil.[15]


  1. ^ Lopez, Andrew (February 1, 2017). "Neville's Phidarian Mathis on fallen cousin Tyrell Cameron: 'It was like a brotherhood'". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "ALABAMA FOOTBALL 2017 SIGNEE: PHIDARIAN MATHIS". Fox Sports. June 30, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Tyson, Derek (January 31, 2017). "ESPN 300 DT Phidarian Mathis verbally commits to Alabama". Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Daniels, Tim (January 31, 2017). "Phidarian Mathis to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star DT Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Rabalais, Scott (February 4, 2017). "Rabalais: Phidarian Mathis, LSU recruiting drama? 'We got the guys we want,' Orgeron says". The Advocate. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  6. ^ McNair, Kirk (December 1, 2020). "Phidarian Mathis Is Big Man With Big Role For Alabama". Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Pachall, David (July 24, 2021). "Alabama's Phidarian Mathis ready for defense to step up in a 'whole new year'". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Spurr, AJ (January 13, 2022). "Alabama DT Phidarian Mathis declares for 2022 NFL draft". Roll Tide Wire. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  9. ^ "Phidarian Mathis Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "Phidarian Mathis, Alabama, DT, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  11. ^ Jhabvala, Nicki. "Commanders select pair of Alabama products on Day 2 of NFL draft". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh. "Commanders sign Phidarian Mathis, Percy Butler". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
  13. ^ Manning, Bryan (September 12, 2022). "Commanders lose rookie DT Phidarian Mathis for the season". Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  14. ^ Selby, Zach (September 12, 2022). "Commanders place Phidarian Mathis on IR, signs Donovan Jeter". Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  15. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Phidarian Mathis ready to continue Alabama's defensive-line lineage". Retrieved September 10, 2022.