The Honey Badger is going home in a mixture of triumph and redemption.
Two games into his pro career, Tyrann Mathieu already has proven he can play in the NFL. Now he heads to New Orleans, where his Arizona Cardinals face the Saints on Sunday.
The diminutive, dynamic defensive back says he wants to change the minds of those in his hometown who wrote him off as a failure after he was kicked out of LSU and spent a year out of football. He wants them back on his side.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says there won't be much time for Mathieu to get in trouble. Arians says Mathieu can wave to his family after the game, then get on the team bus.