The Honey Badger will be hibernating this season because he has chosen not to play football in 2012.
Instead, Tyrann Mathieu will be working on himself while remaining at the Right Step recovery center in Houston, Texas.
The 20-year-old former LSU defensive back and Heisman finalist is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.
Lucas now mentors addicts and patients with dependency issues after he himself battled substance abuse during his pro career.
Tyrone Mathieu, Tyrann’s adoptive father, said that he and the family need “time to heal” and that football is not a priority at the current moment.
It’s difficult to see such a special talent fall so hard so fast.
Mathieu was such an electric player and had an immediate impact every time he stepped on to the field. The ability he displayed to change the game at the drop of a dime was mind blowing.
After being dismissed, LSU was contacted by 20 other programs asking to have permission to speak with Mathieu. He could have played right away had he transferred to an FCS program or lower division school.
After visiting McNeese State and Nicholls State, who both play in the Southland Conference at the FCS level, Mathieu was quick to realize they weren’t where he wanted to be.
How could they be?
This is a kid who is coming from one of the top programs in the country at LSU. Their coaching offices and film rooms are probably bigger than most FCS locker rooms. It had to be a major culture shock for Mathieu.
He did it to himself, though. At least he’s doing something for HIM right now–something he’s done before, just for the wrong reasons.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.