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07:07 AM ET 07.05 | The NFL gave him a chance to listen, and that's what Tyrann Mathieu has done. [Mathieu] had heard many of the speeches before, even talked to many of the same people long before his fellow draft class mates sat down to hear their stories. Yet the Cardinals' third-round pick, in Aurora, Ohio, last week as part of the NFL's annual Rookie Symposium, embraced the message being delivered. "I didn't look at it redundant, I looked at it as more people trying to help me," Mathieu said. "My process is a bit different than the rest of the rookies there. For me, it was an experience I needed." ... "For me, (the Symposium) was real educational, inspiring and one of those reality checks," Mathieu said, "and I've had a few of those since I've become an Arizona Cardinal."

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July 5, 2013  08:04 AM ET

How many times did he cry?

July 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET

This guy's exciting to watch. Be great if he could turn it around.

July 5, 2013  08:39 AM ET

I wonder how many times they said "Aaron Hernandez" during the Symposium.

July 5, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Gayest nickname in sports history.

July 5, 2013  09:08 AM ET

This guy turned it around when LSU coach Les Miles kicked him off his team in the preseason in 2011.

The moral to the story is......

July 5, 2013  09:22 AM ET

The symposium was great, but .... once dey get dey money it won't matter

July 5, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Probably fell in love with PacMan Jones.

July 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Against all odds. I would bet $100 he gets nailed on a drug test this season. Even when Les kicked him off, he kept getting in trouble - not sure what 50 is saying - he was arrested at least 2 times several months after being kicked off LSU.

July 5, 2013  10:10 AM ET

I always hope these kids do get things turned around and make it work. It saves my taxpayer money from being spent prosecuting them down the road and it gets another person out of a bad environment. He's saying all the right things, but it almost sounds like he's trying to convince himself.

July 5, 2013  10:31 AM ET

So he already talked to most of the speakers before and it didn't take why would this time be any different?

July 5, 2013  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Against all odds. I would bet $100 he gets nailed on a drug test this season. Even when Les kicked him off, he kept getting in trouble - not sure what 50 is saying - he was arrested at least 2 times several months after being kicked off LSU.

I think that's what 50 is saying. He seemed to turn it around before, too, but that didn't last. So we shall see.

July 5, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Against all odds. I would bet $100 he gets nailed on a drug test this season. Even when Les kicked him off, he kept getting in trouble - not sure what 50 is saying - he was arrested at least 2 times several months after being kicked off LSU.

Theres no way this pothead is gonna make these mistakes again.



Sincerely, Pac man Jones

July 5, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Theres no way this pothead is gonna make these mistakes again.Sincerely, Pac man Jones

Here is the irony of it all. It appears Pot may be legal in at least some states, some day. Now what do ya do? A league rule would have to supersede a civil right, and you know the lawyers for the NFLPA would fight that hard.

July 5, 2013  10:49 AM ET

A league that passes out narcotics, as in prescription pain killers, like they were snicker bars at Halloween time , has symposiums on drugs? Ya goota smile at that one.

I want to see a study done on how many current and past NFL players are on those pain killers the rest of their lives.

July 5, 2013  11:33 AM ET

I agree MJ should be legalized in all 50 states. Having said that, even if it were, you can still forge a contract with somebody saying they aren't allowed to use it. If that person accepts that contract then they can be penalized financially if found to use the substance.

July 5, 2013  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Gayest nickname in sports history.

Most homophobic statement on this board.

July 5, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I agree MJ should be legalized in all 50 states. Having said that, even if it were, you can still forge a contract with somebody saying they aren't allowed to use it. If that person accepts that contract then they can be penalized financially if found to use the substance.

OK, but I honestly do not care. Perhaps a little more attention could be paid to PEDS and HGH by the league? Nah, never happen. Any symposiums on that?

July 5, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Most homophobic statement on this board.

Interesting that you seem drawn to every statement I, and others make like that. You need to dig a little deeper. This place is filled with statements like that one, and mine was definitely tame compared to most. Get your facts straight. Speaking of straight, are you? You seem to have alot of trouble with statements like that. You have the right to stick up for them, like you do profusely, as if you're their spokesperson, just like I have the right to say whatever I want against that lifestyle.

July 5, 2013  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

OK, but I honestly do not care. Perhaps a little more attention could be paid to PEDS and HGH by the league? Nah, never happen. Any symposiums on that?

Now you know it's Adderall that's the real problem... really!

 
July 5, 2013  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I agree MJ should be legalized in all 50 states. Having said that, even if it were, you can still forge a contract with somebody saying they aren't allowed to use it. If that person accepts that contract then they can be penalized financially if found to use the substance.

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