Terance Mathis

American football player (born 1967)

American football player

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Terance Mathis
Morehouse Maroon Tigers
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1967-06-07) June 7, 1967 (age 56)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Redan (Redan, Georgia)
College: New Mexico
NFL draft: 1990 / Round: 6 / Pick: 140
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 689
Receiving Yards: 8,809
Touchdowns: 63
Head coaching record
Career: 0–0 (–)
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Terance Paul Mathis (born June 7, 1967) is an American college football coach and former wide receiver.[1] He is the head football coach for Morehouse College, a position he has held since 2024. He played college football for the New Mexico Lobos, earning consensus All-American honors in 1989. Selected in the 1990 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Mathis played the majority of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, earning second-team All-Pro honors in 1994. He last played in the NFL in 2002 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then retired after the conclusion of the 2002 season. Currently, he is second in career two-point conversions with six, behind Marshall Faulk’s seven.

On February 1, 2011, Mathis was named as the Offensive Coordinator at Savannah State University.

On May 3, 2017, Mathis was named as the Head Football Coach at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Georgia.


Mathis grew up as the son of Carole Mahone, his father died when he was six months old. His mother is also a breast cancer survivor, having beaten the disease two months before Mathis played in Super Bowl XXXIII. He and his wife Arnedia have a daughter named Terae and a son Terance Jr. Terance also has three other children Sydney, Erik, and Vanessa who just appeared in the Cherish music video “Unappreciated”.

High School & College[edit]

Mathis attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain, GA, and University of New Mexico, where he played both football and basketball. In 1989, he became New Mexico’s first consensus All-American after setting a Division I record for most receiving yards. He also became the first player to have more than 250 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards, and 6,000 yards total.


After Mathis was drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL Draft,[2] he was used as a punt and kick returner. He had 43 kickoff returns for 787 yards, including one touchdown. He also had 19 receptions for 245 yards that season. The following year, he played in all sixteen games for the Jets, starting one. He had 28 receptions for 329 yards and one touchdown. He led the team in kickoff returns, piling up 599 yards. Mathis played with the Jets until 1994, starting two more games and scoring four touchdowns total.

In 1994, Mathis signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. That season, he set a club record by catching 111 passes, becoming the eighth player in the history of the NFL to exceed the 100-catch mark in one season. He also ranked in third in the NFL that season in touchdown receptions. He played on the NFC Pro Bowl squad at the end of the season. He had his second consecutive 1000-yard season the following year despite missing the only two games of his career due to an injury. In 1996, Mathis caught for 771 yards to give him a career total of 3,000 yards.

In 1998, Mathis made his first post-season appearance for the Falcons, and made a three-yard touch down catch for the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. He also led the team in receptions in that game, making seven for eighty-five yards. The following season, he passed Andre Rison as the club’s all-time reception leader. Two years later, he passed Rison on the team’s all-time touchdown list. After the season, he was released from the Falcons, and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not start a game, but had two touchdown receptions and 218 receiving yards. After Pittsburgh chose not to re-sign him, he retired from the NFL.

He is third in Falcons history in touchdown receptions (57), after runner-up Julio Jones (60; 2011–2020), and first place Roddy White (63; 2005–2015); and third in receiving yards (7,349), behind runner-up White (10,863), and first place Jones (12,896).


Mathis was selected as the Atlanta Falcons’ “Man of the Year” in 1998 for his accomplishments on and off the field. In 1996, he founded the “Terance Loves Children” foundation, now known as the Terance Mathis Foundation.


In June 2005, Mathis announced the formation of his own NASCAR team, Victory Motorsports, with Carl Long and Morty Buckles as scheduled drivers. Established Cup team Morgan-McClure Motorsports (which received support and engines from Hendrick Motorsports) would provide technical support for the new No. 04 Chevrolet. Mathis and the 34-year-old Buckles ambitiously planned 20 Cup races and a dozen ARCA races for 2006, but the deal never fully materialized.[3][4] In June 2006, it had been announced Mathis had acquired R&J Racing, but that deal fell through. In February 2013, he was named Vice President of Marketing for part-time Sprint Cup Series team Leavine Family Racing.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Mathis was named as the offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach for Savannah State University.[5]

In 2017, Mathis was named head football coach for Pinecrest Academy,[6][7] he was not retained following the 2019 season.[8]

On February 2, 2024, Mathis was named head football coach for Morehouse College.[9][10][11]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1990 NYJ 16 1 19 245 12.9 23 0
1991 NYJ 16 1 28 329 11.8 39 1
1992 NYJ 16 1 22 316 14.4 55 3
1993 NYJ 16 3 24 352 14.7 46 0
1994 ATL 16 16 111 1,342 12.1 81 11
1995 ATL 14 12 78 1,039 13.3 54 9
1996 ATL 16 16 69 771 11.2 55 7
1997 ATL 16 16 62 802 12.9 49 6
1998 ATL 16 16 64 1,136 17.8 78 11
1999 ATL 16 16 81 1,016 12.5 52 6
2000 ATL 16 16 57 679 11.9 44 5
2001 ATL 16 16 51 564 11.1 34 2
2002 PIT 16 0 23 218 9.5 22 2
Career 206 130 689 8,809 12.8 81 63

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Morehouse Maroon Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2024–present)
2024 Morehouse 0–0 0–0
Morehouse: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0

High school[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pinecrest Academy Paladins () (2017–2019)
2017 Pinecrest Academy 1–10 0–7 8th
2018 Pinecrest Academy 4–7 3–4 5th
2019 Pinecrest Academy 2–8 1–6 7th
Pinecrest Academy: 7–25 4–17
Total: 7–25


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