When the Cardinals took a chance on Tyrann Mathieu in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, there was hope that he would be able to ditch his “Honey Badger” label.
Mathieu, who has been enjoying his first offseason as an NFL rookie, got a taste of being a pro at last week’s rookie symposium. Although Mathieu has been counseled extensively during his time at LSU and the draft process, the weekend in Aurora, Ohio made an impact.
“I didn’t look at it [as] redundant. I looked at it as more people trying to help me,” Mathieu told the team’s website. “My process is a bit different than the rest of the rookies there. For me, it was an experience I needed.”
The rookies met with Adam “Pacman” Jones, former NBA player Chris Herren and former NFL defensive backs Brian Dawkins and Aeneas Williams.
“For me, [the symposium] was real educational, inspiring and one of those reality checks, and I’ve had a few of those since I’ve become an Arizona Cardinal,” Mathieu told the team’s website.
From the looks of Mathieu’s Twitter timeline, he has made the most of his opportunity and is eager for Sundays.
Sometimes I look in the mirror. It’s hard to believe where I’m at now!