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'Honey Badger' in Hibernation

Michael DeMocker/New Orleans Times-Picayune

Football is the sport former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu loves. It is, in his words, "his life."

For two seasons with the Tigers, he played it that way - instinctively and with passion, and it made him an All American and Heisman Trophy finalist. He always seemed a half-step, or fraction of a second, ahead of those around him.

Now that it's been taken away by his dismissal from the team last August for positive drug tests, and derailed further by an Oct. 25 arrest for marijuana possession, Mathieu likens his situation to baseball.

He's a batter standing at the plate with two strikes. If he can't handle the next pitch, he'll never play again.

Mathieu is now...

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