Honey Badger is Tenacious in his Rehab

  • Jason Mulkey



Tyrann Mathieu has been successful thus far having  to rehabilitate his image after a troubling college career (at Louisiana State University ) in which he was kicked off the team for excessive drug use.  Now, since being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, he finds himself trying to rehabilitate his knee as well after rupturing both his ACL and LCL, which put him on injured reserve with only three games left in his rookie season.

Mathieu has been determined to get back out onto the field since his injury. Perhaps the same could be said when he was forced to walk away from LSU football. He  admitted that pressure led to use, after a poor performance in the 2012 BCS National Championship game against Alabama. He had been arrested multiple times, but it was one night of sitting in a prison cell that he calls the turning point, in which he didn’t want to live that kind of life anymore.

Tryann earned the nickname “Honey Badger” in college for his aggressive play on the field that led him to be a Heisman Trophy candidate. His first year with the Cardinals saw him as a strong candidate for rookie of the year.  Mathieu seems to have a strong knack for the game, and with his ball-hawking skills, he is almost sure to have a fantastic career ahead of him. He also seems to have a good head on his shoulders, with a very positive attitude, as he has shown great will and determination in battling his off the field issues.  You literally want to feel sorry for the guy, as since coming to Arizona, he has been nothing but sincere and Humble hearted in his approach to be the best.

In his quest to come back from his injury, Mathieu has put together a series he calls Tenacious. It’s a web-based show that chronicles his rehab from his surgically repaired knee.  In his new episode called  “The King In Me,” Mathieu talks about his belief in how everybody, including himself, is a “King.” “I try and inspire people to not run from the world,” Mathieu said.

He also touches on the monotony of rehab. “I don’t try to look at the (big) picture right now,” Mathieu said. “I try to keep my mind on the first game of the season, what I am going to do when I get back on the field. That’s what I think of, because thinking about this process, it can drive you crazy.”

More of these episodes can be found on the Arizona Cardinals official website.

There has been no official time table set for Mathaiu’s return, but he has made significant progress in his rehabilitation efforts, that has put him several weeks ahead of schedule.  A couple of days ago on April Fools, he sent out a tweet (that he then deleted just a few moments after) saying he ran three miles. At least Cardinals lead writer Darren Urban clearly fell for it.




Mathieu is focused on getting back to paying the first game of the 2014 season. He has shown great fortitude, and has made tremendous strides to get his many fans, as well as his critics to believe in him not only as a football player, but as a person as well.

Phoenix Sports-Kings contributor Jason Mulkey @_JayBird79


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