It seems like forever since Tyrann Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. It was less than 11 months ago. In that time, the former LSU safety has come to be known for his off-the-field troubles instead of his enormous talent and clever nickname. From winning the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation’s best defensive player, to being dismissed from the football program at LSU, Mathieu’s fall from stardom was lightning quick. He seemed to be headed in the right direction when he entered rehab for his apparent drug problem, but when he was arrested last month for marijuana possession, it appeared that he had learned nothing.
Mathieu has reportedly left Louisiana to move in with the family of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson. Will Brinson of CBS Sports reported the following:
He wanted to get away from the madness in Baton Rouge,” Pat Lawler, a Boca Raton lawyer and agent for Galaxy Sports told Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “His mindset is to deal with his problems and get his life in order. He and his family are looking at getting Tyrann back together.
Sometimes the best solution to a problem is to remove yourself from the situation. Nothing is guaranteed for Mathieu anymore, but the first step in re-igniting his career is to deal with his legal issues and prove he has learned from his mistakes. Hopefully the Peterson family, especially Patrick, can show him the maturity and decision-making that is required to succeed in life and in the NFL.
By: Brandon Smith-Sports Kings Contributor