Tyrann Mathieu’s troubled college football career ended last summer when he was dismissed by the LSU Tigers football team after multiple failed drug tests, but now he is prepared to get a fresh start in the desert after becoming a third-round selection of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Cardinals kick off their rookie minicamps today, which means Mathieu will finally be able to return to a football field and do the thing he loves the most.
Mathieu is making the move to free safety and he can’t wait for his new start.
“Just letting my actions speak for themselves,” Mathieu said, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “I think that solves everything. I’m looking forward to it. I definitely have a long journey in front of me, definitely going to be some challenges but I think I’m prepared for it.”
Mathieu will need to stay on the right path if he wants to have a successful career and thankfully he will have the guidance of his mentor and former college teammate Patrick Peterson.
When Mathieu was attempting to get clean, he moved to South Florida to live with Peterson’s family and now he will have that same support system at the next level.
Mathieu trained with Peterson for the draft and he knows just how instrumental he will be to his success in the NFL.
“He’s going to be extremely important, probably as important as my girlfriend,” Mathieu said. “He’s probably going to be everywhere with me, walking around with me everywhere. I am just going to follow Patrick’s routine.”
If he is truly dedicated to turning his life around, then the Cardinals will likely have a steal in their third-round pick.
Let’s hope that he can continue to stay on the right path and return to his playmaking ways that caused him to become a fan-favorite during his days at LSU when he was known as “The Honey Badger.”