It’s really not too often that we are able to cover positive stories in this business. Some of that has to do with the actions of NFL players themselves. Some of this has to do with the action of the league itself.
But when we are able to write about success stories and players turning their lives around, it really does give us a warm feeling inside.
One such case study is Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, one of the top players in the entire NFL.
Honey Badger’s story is by now well known. During his short stint with the Louisiana State Tigers in college, Mathieu found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons, eventually finding himself dismissed from the program after multiple failed drug tests.
Mathieu himself has not been quiet about his struggles in college. In fact, he’s opened up about the psychological toll it has taken on him.
Now years removed from falling to the third round of the 2013 NFL draft due to these character concerns, Honey Badger has righted the ship off the field. In short, he’s been nothing less than a role model for other youngsters who have struggled with substance abuse.
On the field, Mathieu is one of the top defensive backs in the game. Unfortunately, his tremendous 2015 campaign was cut short due to a torn ACL he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles in mid December.
Seemingly on the mend, the 23-year-old just recently posted a video of him working out with his son:
Told my son I have to be the best to do it, why do you think we go through what we go through. He replied, FOR GLORY pic.twitter.com/yxRyc7cn8T
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 18, 2016
Good on the little boy for keeping up with his pops here. More than seeing this video and thinking “man, wish I had started that early,” it’s yet another representation how one can turn his/her life around with a strong worth ethic and a belief in self.
Years removed from being a self-anointed addict, Mathieu is seemingly at the top of the world. A good father to boot.
Good for you, Honey Badger.