We’ll never know exactly how close Tyrann Mathieu came to going down in football history as the defensive backfield’s version of Maurice Clarett. All that matters now is that Mathieu got his life in order and has blossomed into one of the best players in the NFL.
Not too long ago, Mathieu was, like Clarett, a former Heisman Trophy candidate who’d found himself forced out of college football and on the verge of blowing his opportunity at a professional football career. After getting kicked off the team at LSU and missing what would have been his junior season, Mathieu decided to go pro and was the most polarizing player on the 2013 NFL Draft board.
The Arizona Cardinals took a chance on Mathieu in the third round (69th pick overall), and have since been rewarded with one of the top defensive backs in the game making major contributions to one of the best defenses in the league. Continue reading