Found November 29, 2012 on
Next stop for the "Honey Badger"? The NFL Draft, it seems.
Former LSU cornerback and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu reportedly announced Thursday that he is entering the 2013 draft.
According to an ESPN report, Mathieu thanked his parents, as well as former LSU teammates and coach Les Miles.
"I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me," he said in a statement to ESPN.
Before what would have been his junior season, Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU team in August after reportedly failing a drug test, and he had been working out personal problems with the help of former NBA coach and player John Lucas. He re-enrolled at LSU in September and had been sitting out instead of transferring to a lower-division school to play football. Mathieu was arrested last month on a marijuana charge.
In his statement to ESPN, Mathieu talked about his personal problems.
"I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger," he said.
As a sophomore in 2011, Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the top defensive player in the nation. He was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The knee jerk reaction to the announcement that former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu plans to enter the NFL draft is trepidation.
Odds are if you are reading this, you know his story and it is one that is rooted around his inability to control himself and his destructive urges that ultimately shame him out of LSU.
Somebody will take him at some point. He may not get the position...
According to sources close to dismissed LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, the player also known as the Honey Badger will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. An announcement could come as soon as Thursday, according to multiple media outlets with knowledge to the situation.
Mathieu was well on his way to being the next great LSU defensive back to make the successful leap from NCAA All-American...
When Tyrann Mathieu stepped into the national spotlight during the 2011 season, it was thought that if the young defensive back could keep his nose clean he would be one of the all-time greats in college football. Unfortunately, he couldn’t.
Nicknamed the “Honey Badger” for his tenacious play and his never-quit attitude, Mathieu’s fall from grace has been one for the ages...
Former LSU cornerback/kick returner announced on Twitter that he’ll be entering the 2013 NFL draft.
I want to thank LSU and the fans for all that they have done for me but now it’s time for me to move on to a next chapter and go to the NFL.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@TM7_NewEra) November 29, 2012
Mathieu was kicked off the LSU football team prior to this season due to his addiction...
HERE COMES HONEY BADGER
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who was dismissed from the Tigers in August, reportedly intends to announce that he will enter the NFL Draft.
Former LSU corner back Tyrann Mathieu "The Honey Bodger" announced via his twitter feed that he will be taking his talents of weed smoking to the NFL next season. That is if someone drafts him. His stock has fallen in the last couple months due to multiple police charges, and suspensions through LSU. Honestly, the only thing bad about this is that he didn't say...
In a move that was surprising to no one, former LSU cornerback and Heisman finalist Tyrann “The Honey Badger” Mathieu has elected to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com’s Joe Schad.
Mathieu came to national fame over the past few years for both his dramatic play on the field, and tumultuous time off of it.
On it, Mathieu was simply the...
ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu is expected to announce that he will be entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
Mathieu has had multiple drug related issues in the past the year, which ultimately led LSU to cut ties with him.
Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN offered their opinions of where Mathieu could go in next year’s draft and both of them mentioned...
Former LSU Tigers star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (aka the Honey Badger) plans to announce that he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft, Joe Schad of ESPN reported Thursday.
Earlier this month, it was announced that he was moving in with Patrick Peterson’s family in Florida to get away from the madness.
Initially projected as a first-round talent, Mathieu’s draft stock took a serious...
The LSU Tigers ended any talk surrounding their head coach Les Miles leaving the program after they offered him a raise and added years to his contract, reports USA Today.
"I can tell you that I very much respect those Razorbacks, but I'm an LSU head coach and wil be an LSU head coach for as long as I can be," he said. "We've done some special things here...