Rashean Mathis is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Detroit Lions. He's made a living (and millions of dollars) for the past decade playing in the NFL. But he doesn't want his 2-year-old son, R.J., to carry on his legacy in the NFL. Instead, he'd rather see him on the golf course.
Mathis scored a touchdown last week off an interception return against the Buffalo Bills and said he was going to keep give the ball to his son as a memento, but didn't want him to follow in his footsteps. He'd rather see him take up golf. Mathis carries a 5.5 handicap and owns a house on Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. He's also a member of Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club in Florida, and anytime the family goes on vacations in the off-season they're heading to a golf resort, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"He doesn't have to play any sport, as far as I'm concerned, but if he does get into it, football will be the last thing I introduce him to," Mathis said after the game. "There's a lot of other sports you can play … So I don't think I will allow him to play football before high school. I know how taxing it is on your body. Just being in the league a long time, I know how rough it could be. … There's plenty other ways that you can make a living other than football."
The ideal future for his son doesn't include a football field at all.
"I would love to be his caddie on the golf course," Mathis said. "That's a dream."