Tyrann Mathieu, who recently signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals, is one of the top defensive backs in the NFL.
Before he blossomed into an NFL star, Mathieu was terrorizing opposing offenses as a member of the LSU Tigers.
Unfortunately, Mathieu’s collegiate career came to an end when he was dismissed from the program by head coach Les Miles because of substance-abuse issues. Despite his off-field concerns, the Cardinals took a chance on Mathieu in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
It proved to be a great decision for the Cardinals, while Miles says dismissing Mathieu was one of the worst things he’s ever had to do as a coach.
“That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever done,” Miles said, via NFL.com.
When Miles continued discussing Mathieu, it was clear he still has the utmost respect for “The Honey Badger” and that he is proud of the man and player he has developed into.
“He’s so passionate about playing the game, playing football, it’s allowed the best of Tyrann Mathieu to come forward,” said Miles in a Periscope session with TigerBlitz.com. “This summer, we went up to New Orleans and had a free youth camp. Well he happened to have a youth camp at the exact same time. We went over to his camp and watched him interact with those kids and just how wonderful that was. To my way of thinking, he’s eclipsed whatever history that somebody would hold against him. Who he is, who he’s been, has been really consistent. I’m a Tyrann Mathieu fan.”
In the end, everything worked out for the best.
Miles is still the head coach at LSU — despite some questions last season — and is poised to enter 2016 with one of the most talented rosters in the nation.
Mathieu, meanwhile, is preparing for another run at the postseason with the Cardinals while enjoying his fat new pay day.
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