The Colts defense is playing a game of ping-pong in the locker room.
There’s Robert Mathis answering questions about being under consideration for Defensive Player of the Year, yet giving all the credit to his teammates.
Around the locker room there’s Mathis defensive teammates throwing it right back to No. 98.
No matter who is right or wrong, there’s no denying that Mathis is in the talk for 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.
Mathis is a man of few words, but his league-leading 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles do plenty of talking.
“I would credit that more to our defense then just the individual on it,” Mathis says of his name being in the discussion.
“It takes a lot of guys around him, from secondary, up to our nose tackle. Especially the d-line, they take pride in getting me to the quarterback. It would be a team accomplishment more than an individual.”
When Mathis was chosen in the fifth round of the 2003 draft, he was simply trying to find a spot on special teams.
Now 11 years later, Mathis is turning in a career-year at the age of 32 and garnering the deserving national attention.
What impresses Mathis’ teammates so much is how he has piled up his sacks/forced fumbles.
Mathis acknowledges his consideration for such an honor but he, and his teammates, make it clear that he’s racking up these numbers within the framework of the defense.
“Win it or not, it’s an honor to be considered,” Mathis says.
“It’s a team sport so you’ve got to be a team guy. You can make plays being a team guy. That’s the message. You don’t have to be selfish. Just do your job and good things will happen.”
Source: Colts.com blog