Posted October 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
Robert Mathis still remembers the first time he wandered into the Colts' no-hit zone. As the fifth-round draft pick went through a routine practice in 2003, he wound up getting a little too close to Peyton Manning on a pass rush. No, he didn't hit the franchise quarterback, but Indy coaches immediately scolded the rookie and reminded him of the potentially dire consequences if he made the same mistake again. ''If you come within two yards of him, you might get cut,'' Mathis said with a smile this week. ''That's just the truth.'' Mathis wised up fast, which is why he is still hanging around Indianapolis (4-2) and wreaking havoc in opposing backfields. Since making that blunder, Mathis has seen and done just about everything in 11 NFL seasons. He's won a Super Bowl, two AFC titles, been to five consecutive Pro Bowls, topped 100 career sacks and is now chasing the Colts' franchise record for sacks, held by his old pal Dwight Free...
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