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Hampton University Football and Track Standout Jerome Mathis Named to MEAC Hall of Fame
11/14/2018 - #106

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 14, 2018) – Hampton University football and track standout Jerome Mathis was announced on Tuesday as a member of the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame Class.   The class will be inducted on March 14, 2019 during the MEAC Basketball Tournament at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.

"I wish to congratulate Jerome on his impending induction into the MEAC Hall of Fame," said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.  "His speed and prowess not only on the football field but on the track in his collegiate career helped propel him into a successful pro football career and now into the MEAC Hall of Fame."

Mathis excelled on both the football field and the track for Hampton in the early 2000s. As a wide receiver for the Pirates, he averaged a touchdown every 4.4 receptions. A consensus All-American in 2004, Mathis also excelled in the kick return game.  In 2004, Mathis led the nation in receiving yards, averaging 29.8 per catch, and his 35.5-yard kickoff return average also led all of I-AA. He returned six kickoffs for touchdowns in his college career, breaking the NCAA career record at the time, and he had 4,541 all-purpose yards in just 35 career games.

On the track, Mathis was a two-time NCAA East Region champion in the 200-meter dash, setting the regional and school record with a personal-best 20.32 in 2004. He was also a two-time All-American in track & field, finishing runner-up in the 200-meter dash in 2003.

Mathis was a Pro Bowler with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2005, and also played for the Washington Redskins.

The MEAC Hall of Fame highlights former student-athletes, coaches, university and conference administrators, as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the conference since its inception in 1970. Honorees were chosen by a 13-person committee consisting of administrators and representatives from member institutions.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class was inducted on May 29, 1981 during a 10-year anniversary banquet in Greensboro, N.C. Since its establishment, the MEAC Hall of Fame has enshrined 148 people, including the Class of 2019.

Information about the ceremony can be found on www.meacsports.com or www.meachoops.com.

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