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08:02 AM ET 01.09 | What he calls "his life," football, has been taken away from former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, but he intends to work his way back. He has removed himself from the troubling influences in Louisiana that dragged him down from the heights as the most recognizable college football player and Heisman finalist last season to looking like just another washout. He has surrounded himself with caring adults and begun rebuilding his self-image with more structure in his life. The Honey Badger persona, which launched his popularity and precipitated his fall, is in hibernation while he trains for a shot in the NFL. He knows, and understands why, the public is looking at him as a likely strikeout victim.

The Times-Picayune

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January 9, 2013  08:14 AM ET

"What he calls "his life," football, has been taken away..."

No, it wasn't taken away. He chose to leave it by his actions. He chose drugs over football.

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January 9, 2013  09:18 AM ET

They probably need to stop giving him attention until he actually does get his life turned around. Positive reinforcement and all that.

January 9, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Surrounding himself with caring adults and rebuiling his image. Haven't we heard this before. Spaceman nailed it.

January 9, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Too small to last very long as a DB in the NFL. Maybe as a kick returner at best.

And they don't call it "professional" football for nothing. Way-y-y-y-y more regimen, practice, film study and dedication required than college. When I think of "professional" I don't think of Tyrann Matthieu.

Miles gave him opportunities to better his life with a education while playing a game ... but he chose the easy stupid party route instead.

January 9, 2013  09:54 AM ET

I won the DGAF PICK'EM 1.

I think someone will give him a shot if he can pass the tests coming into the combine. I see nickel back and special teams guy in his future also.

January 9, 2013  10:17 AM ET

He can make it inj the NFL. He's small, but there a few guys his size in the NFL. He probably won't be a star, though.

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January 9, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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No doubt he can make it..No one knew who Cortland Finnegan Was.. Bob Sanders... He is just as talented as them...He just needs to work hard and stay out of trouble..I hope he lands with the Steelers, I know Clark will take care of him and the other NOLA guys on the team

Well, I for one, have no idea who Cortland Finnegan is or was, or will be for that matter.

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January 9, 2013  11:58 AM ET

Given his circumstances, even an NFL base salary wouldn't be too shabby.

January 9, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No doubt he can make it..No one knew who Cortland Finnegan Was.. Bob Sanders... He is just as talented as them...He just needs to work hard and stay out of trouble..I hope he lands with the Steelers, I know Clark will take care of him and the other NOLA guys on the team

Good comment and the Rams have another CB Janoris Jenkins, (out of Florida) that was in trouble in school and now he seems to be on the right track, he had a damn good season this year.

January 9, 2013  12:11 PM ET

If football was "his life" then he is due for some big disappointments in the future. No matter how dedicated he is it's just a game. His behavior at LSU showed he wasn't serious about school or even playing football.
Where will all this leave him in 10 -15 years even if he does make the NFL? Another sad washout story of an ex-athlete.

January 9, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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Good comment and the Rams have another CB Janoris Jenkins, (out of Florida) that was in trouble in school and now he seems to be on the right track, he had a damn good season this year.

If only his college team had played one measly game or two OOC and outside of FL, he'd be a hugely better man for the experience.




Right, OT...? ;-)

January 9, 2013  12:33 PM ET
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If only his college team had played one measly game or two OOC and outside of FL, he'd be a hugely better man for the experience.Right, OT...? ;-)

LOL, I ain't going there today!!!!!! :-)

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January 9, 2013  12:42 PM ET
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Janoris was a sure fire 1st Rnd pick w/ out the troubles.. He is a better pure CB then TM7...TM7 has real good football instincts though. Team that play/use zone coverage will be best for his talents..

Janoris might have been the best CB in SEC the year he got kicked off of the team.

I except Mathieu to be a special teams star and a nickel back.

January 9, 2013  01:04 PM ET
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Janoris was a sure fire 1st Rnd pick w/ out the troubles.. He is a better pure CB then TM7...TM7 has real good football instincts though. Team that play/use zone coverage will be best for his talents..

Yeah, the Rams took a big chance on Janoris in the 2nd round. So far it has played dividends.

 
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