Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu hasn’t played in a meaningful football game in over a year, but he quickly reminded us all of why he was once considered the best playmaker in college football.
During the Cardinals season-opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team had an easy touchdown if tight end Jared Cook would have gone just a few extra yards.
Instead, Mathieu chased Cook down from behind and was able to knock the ball loose to save the touchdown and bring the possession arrow back in favor of the Cardinals. It was a great play and it shows that Mathieu’s lay-off did not hurt him one bit.
Here is Mathieu chasing down Cook and making the touchdown saving strip, via Guyism.com:
The kid can just make football plays and this shows why he was in the mix for the Heisman Trophy during his time at LSU. Mathieu is a true difference maker and this is just one of many plays of this nature that he will make for the Cardinals defense.