Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tyrann Mathieu is trying to be an ex-Honey Badger.

One of the saddest stories of the 2012 college football season was the downfall of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu a.k.a the Honey Badger. Mathieu was kicked off the team before the start of the 2012 season for failing multiple drug tests. He was arrested in October for posession of marijuana, which ended any shot he may have had to return to the Tigers next season.

Now Mathieu is trying to rebuild his tarnished reputation and increase his hopes of being selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. To that end, he's trying to leave his Honey Badger persona behind.

"I think at LSU, the Honey Badger (person) came to an abrupt end," Mathieu said Monday while watching some of his former teammates practice for this week's Senior Bowl. "I definitely want to do it the right way this time."

Mathieu also discussed leaving LSU behind,

 "I had to take myself out of that situation, out of that environment being around those kinds of people and really start hanging around positive people and are doing what I want to do in my life, which is to be a professional football player," he said. "I feel real good about myself right now."

Mathieu's drug-related issues have made his draftability even more difficult than it already was. Despite his remarkable 2011 season, Mathieu's 5'9 ft. height was considered being a little too small for the NFL.

(via USA Today)