Tyrann Mathieu: The rise and fall

20120810-134707.jpgTyrann Mathieu better known as the “Honey Badger” is an electric play-maker with the ball in his hand. He burst on the scene last year at LSU with jaw dropping momentum swinging plays that led an a ferocious defense.

His punt returning skills could turn a game around in a blink.

His impact on games were so significant he was invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony.

But as life will quickly give you a reality check, Mathieu got one as he was kicked off LSU team for a violating a team rule.

What absolutely kills me about stories like this is that these players have all the God-given talent in the world and they throw it away for the dumbest of things.

He allegedly failed a third drug test and this a clear violation of team rules.

So you throw away your future as a NFL player to sit down and smoke or whatever drugs he was doing?  Read more here…

Tyrann Mathieu’s future now that he is booted from LSU

Tyrann Mathieu

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2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team on Friday for disciplinary reasons. ESPN’s Chris Low has reported Mathieu was booted forrepeated violations of LSU’s substance abuse policy.

Like Janoris Jenkins a year ago, Mathieu is pursuing options at the FCS level, formerly known as Division I-AA. He has already visited McNeese State. Jackson State and Prairie View A&M are reportedly also on Mathieu’s radar. Check out CFT for the latest on Mathieu’s college future.

As an NFL-oriented site, PFT’s concern is with Mathieu’s future as a big-league, pro player. Listed at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds by LSU, Mathieu is an undersized but versatile defensive back with a knack for taking the football away from opponents. In two seasons at LSU, Mathieu forced 11 fumbles, intercepted four passes, recovered eight fumbles, and recorded six sacks. Also a dynamic return specialist, Mathieu scored twice on 2011 punt returns.  Read more…

Tyrann Mathieu: Why is he named honey badger?

Tyrann MathieuTyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers has named a Heisman Trophy finalist last season with his strong defensive play and knack for excitement.

LSU’s first Heisman finalist since running back Charles Alexander in 1977 was only a sophomore when nominated.

Mathieu is better known for his nickname “Honey Badger”, but many are not familiar with what a honey badger actually is.

Despite the name, a honey badger is not part of the badger species and does not resemble a badger but more of a weasel.

The honey badger is a meat-eating species and has very few natural predators due to its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities.

As the initial definition becomes more clear it starts to make sense.

Named as one of the top defenders and cornerbacks in the nation, Mathieu or the honey badger, was also named to the 1st team all SEC in 2011.

Mathieu finished the regular season with 71 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.

While his cover-corner skills continue to increase it is his knack for finding the ball and scoring which make him stand out.Those ferocious defensive abilities of the honey badger also led him to 5 forced fumbles (2 of them returned for touchdowns) and two interceptions.

Honey badgers are intelligent animals and are one of few species capable of using tools. Mathieu uses his tools well as on special teams he had 26 punt returns for 420 yards, with two returned for a touchdown.

Mathieu was named the most valuable player of the 2011 SEC Championship against Georgia and continues to be named the honey badger for his tenacious ability to play extremely tough football against larger opponents, as well as his knack for making big plays.