Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is one of the toughest players in the NFL today. He is one of the biggest reasons why the team has seen a resurgence in their play and have made the playoffs the last two year, including winning an NFC West title last year.
However, one of the problems he does have is with injuries. Twice his season has been cut short by knee injuries, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to get back on the field in 2016 and make a big impact.
Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spoke with The Arizona Republic about Mathieu’s toughness and said that he would be ready to go by training camp. However, the Cardinals are holding him back right now simply because they don’t want to over exert him.
“They’re having to hold him back,” Fitzgerald said. “He heals like Wolverine. He’s so passionate and we love him dearly. And we’re so happy to see he’s going to be ready to go for us by training camp, and he can pick right where he left off.”
The fact that Mathieu “heals like Wolverine” is a pretty good comparison coming from Fitzgerald. Often times ACL injuries cause players to have down years as they are trying to get back into football shape.
Tyrann Mathieu, however, is not like most payers.
“If you really think about it, my injuries aren’t injuries where you say, ‘Oh, he isn’t taking care of his body or he’s too small to be out there,'” Mathieu said. “My injuries were all fluke injuries, the kind that I couldn’t control.
“I understand the position I’m in and the mountain I have to climb. I just tell people to relax. It’s going to be all right. I’m going to play 12-15 years and hopefully I’ll spend all that time in Arizona.”
If he wants to come back and continue to be a big part of the Arizona defense, that is certainly the right attitude to have. He flies all over the field and has been a key part of their defense since entering the league in 2013.
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