NDIANAPOLIS — Tyrann Mathieu was woken up yesterday at 4 a.m. and handed a cup on his way to the bathroom. That’s the way life is going to be as long as the defensive back has aspirations to gain employment in the NFL.
Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was kicked out of LSU last summer after failing his latest drug test for smoking marijuana. He went to rehab but was arrested in October for pot possession, raising huge concerns that he cared too much about the partying lifestyle and not nearly enough about his NFL potential.
Mathieu expressed yesterday at the combine that he has worked to shed that image, and he wanted to be accountable for his mistakes.
“I know what it’s like to be humiliated,” Mathieu said. “To go back down that road, not a chance in this world, not a chance in my lifetime again.”