Steadfast, Determined, Competitive
Evan Mathis knew he wanted to be an NFL player since childhood and even journaled about his future success. He has let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing his dream, and while football may run in his blood — his uncle is Bob Baumhower, who played defensive tackle for Alabama and the Miami Dolphins — his current accomplishments weren’t forecasted early on.
“In high school and middle school I was not that good [at football], but I bloomed in college,” Mathis said of his younger years in the sport. While many who go pro are usually touted for their “gift” since childhood, Mathis’ treats his career more like a work in progress.
“I always knew that there was a certain path for my life,” he said, reflective on his journey to NFL stardom. Even when no one but his close family and friends believed in him, Mathis’ perseverance never wavered.
“I focus on each step of the way, but I don’t stop and pat myself on the back,” he said. Now continuing his third season for the Carolina Panthers, Mathis knows his body must be in superior condition. In off-season training, he looks at it as a preparation period and follows intense regimens that attain more muscle mass and less body fat.
“Off season is maintenance mode … I diet to get down to 10 pounds below my playing weight and get in the best possible condition,” he said. Some of his favorite food? Shrimp and chicken — he loves steak, too, but knows too much red meat isn’t healthy.
As for vitamins and supplements, he takes too many to list and chooses them according to blood work analysis from Dr. Popiel, a naturopath in Scottsdale, Ariz., who will suggest what he is lacking.
When Mathis first took Sesamin Rx, he liked that it increases fat metabolism and acted as a thermogenic. “Sesamin Rx decreased my body fat percentage, which I was trying to cut, but it did not sacrifice muscle,” he said. “I started taking it during off-season training and noticed it working in 10 to 14 days, then got even faster results. Because I know Sesamin Rx works, I just take it everyday.”
In the future, Mathis plans to play pro for the next ten years and then have a good time doing a business. He also wants to maintain his physique. “I always want to stay in shape no matter what … I’ve always been high on health,” he said.
In the end, Mathis wants to be someone who made it and played well, not just made it. “My personal philosophy — I’ve lived and learned and if anybody can do it, I will do it.”