Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has been named the September AFC Defensive Player-of-the-Month.


Colts Defensive End Robert Mathis Named September Defensive Player-of-the-Month

Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has been named AFC Defensive Player-of-the-Month for September, the NFL announced on Thursday.

Mathis ranks tied for first in the AFC and tied for second in the NFL with 4.0 sacks, helping the Colts to a 2-1 September record. Mathis has recorded sacks in each of the Colts' first three games, including two sacks and a forced fumble in the club's Week Two win against the New York Giants. Mathis leads the Colts defensive line with 11 tackles, 10 solo, four sacks and five pressures.

"Since he's been here, he's just continually gotten better and better and better, and every week there are probably about four or five or six plays that you look at on film and you say, 'Wow, that's pretty impressive,' because he's all-out all the time," said Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell. "He does not take a play off. He does not gear it down. He is 100 percent every single snap of the ball."

Mathis has 67 career sacks, ranking sixth in the NFL since his rookie season in 2003. Mathis also has 36 career forced fumbles in that span, which leads the NFL.

It marks Mathis' second career Player-of-the-Month honor. He also won the award in November of 2009.

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