Some players may appear small in stature but they are in no way weak when it comes to athletic activities. The likes of Tyrann Mathieu are known for their feisty and tenacious attitude. The American football safety is one player who is explosive and agile and exhibits such great, aggressive, physical defensive back skills with speed and prowess.
Tyrann Mathieu played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU) and was nicknamed ‘Honey Badger’ because of his stature and tenacity, similar to that of the African animal bearing that name. His athletic skill has earned him many awards such as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC champion and Chuck Bednarik Award. Here are more you would love to know about the Houston Texans football safety.
Tyrann Mathieu – Bio
Born May 13, 1992, as Tyrann Devine Mathieu (pronounced as Matthew), Tyrann Mathieu is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He had his high school education at St. Augustine High School, where he began his football career, playing for the school’s ‘Purple Knights’ team and recorded 32 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery. He was also listed as the Nation’s No.13 cornerback in 2010. Aside from football, Mathieu was also an active athlete taking part in relay races, high and long jumps.
Moving to Louisiana State University where he was offered a scholarship, Tyrann Mathieu joined the LSU Tigers football team which at that time was coached by Les Miles’. As a freshman in 2010, Tyrann played in all 13 games with one start and ended his freshman season with a record of 59 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions. This earned him Cotton Bowl Classic’s award for the “Most Outstanding Defensive Player” of 2011. The same year, Tyrann Mathieu was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award after a fantastic performance which ranked him as the best defensive player in college football.
Mathieu’s football career was almost destroyed when he was dismissed from the school’s football team following his repeated drug test failures. While trying to begin a drug rehabilitation program in Houston, Texas, he withdrew from the LSU to join the NFL draft.
Declaring for the NFL draft in 2013, Tyrann was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the 69th pick in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. He then signed a four-year contract worth $3.05 million including $817,187 guaranteed, and a signing bonus of $265,000 with the NFL franchise.
Mathieu made his pro game debut in the Cardinals’ season-opener at the St. Louis Rams, playing as a backup free safety to begin the regular season. He made his first career regular season tackle and forced a fumble on St Louis Rams’ tight end Jared Cook and made his first career start at free safety in the fourth week of the season’s game. His first taste of victory also happened in the same week as he finished the Cardinals’ 13–10 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He, however, ended the season with a leg injury which kept him off the training camp in 2014.
Mathieu played with the Cardinals from 2013 to 2017, appearing in 66 games and recording 283 solos, 308 total tackles and 11 interceptions. He was released by the Arizona Cardinals on March 14, 2018, and by March 17, 2018, he signed a year contract with the Houston Texans. He then played his first game with the Texans in a match against New England Patriots where he recorded one interception, five tackles and a recovered fumble. As of 2018, Mathieu’s career stats show he has 397 total tackles with 44 assisted tackles and 7.0 sacks. His number of yards gained by interception is 139.
Salary And Net Worth
With his net worth estimated at $26 million, Tyrann Mathieu is no doubt enjoying a decent pay from his successful football career. His first contract with the Cardinals was worth $3.05 million including $265,000 signing bonus and $817,187 guaranteed. This increased in 2018 after signing a year contract with the Houston Texans worth $7 million. The Cardinals released Mathieu after he declined a pay cut.
Tyrann Mathieu’s Girlfriend
Mathieu is not married yet but he’s been into a couple of relationships with women. The African-American officially has two sons from two women he dated. His first girlfriend was Megan Edwards who birthed his first son Noah Thomas. His second girlfriend who had his second son, Tyrann Mathieu Jr. in November 2014, was Sydni Paige Russell whom he met during his college days at Lousiana State.
Tyrann is rumoured to be the father of a girl named Brylee Zanai Alexander. According to Alexander’s mother, the free safety had a sexual relationship with her while he was still dating Sydni Russell. While Tyrann is yet to comment on this, he is said to have reunited with his former girlfriend and baby mama Russell. Paige used to be an NBA dancer and a New Orleans Pelicans cheerleader.