Pinecrest head football coach Terance Mathis is preparing to lead the Paladins in his first season as a head coach at any level, but Mathis is still receiving honors for his accomplished playing career.
This fall, Mathis will become a member of the University of New Mexico Football Ring of Honor. Mathis, who starred for Redan High School in Stone Mountain, played for the Lobos from 1986 to 1989 at wide receiver and kick returner and set NCAA records for receptions and receiving yards. He then played 13 seasons in the NFL, including eight with the Atlanta Falcons.
"God has truly been good to me," Mathis said in a release. "I am truly grateful and humbled by this moment."
Mathis will be honored in a ceremony on Sept. 9, at halftime of UNM's game against New Mexico State. Pinecrest will be two games into its season at that point, but the Paladins have a bye that week.