|Tyrann Mathieu watches New Orleans and Golden State on Jan. 19. Mathieu wants to "live a football life." (US Presswire)|
Former Heisman Trophy candidate and college All-American Tyrann Mathieu has met with "several" teams during this week's Senior Bowl, according to a report in the New York Post. The cornerback and kick-returner has reportedly met with the Jets, Redskins and Dolphins, among others.
Mathieu -- or, "Honey Badger," as he came to be known -- was kicked off of LSU's team and didn't play in the 2012 season. He's in Alabama hoping to meet with teams and rebuild his image. Mathieu's reputation has been damaged by drug use and a recent arrest.
"They have every right to [be skeptical]," Mathieu said Monday of the teams he's met with. "I'm not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow. Trust takes time, especially when you've done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you. It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I'm 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I'm doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player."
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A few NFL players have taken Mathieu under their wing, including Cardinals cornerback and former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Giants cornerback Corey Webster -- also a former LSU star.
Mathieu says he's committed to a return, no matter where that may be.
"This is my last shot," he said. "You've got to learn when to do things and when not to do things; when to party and when not to party. Every day is football. That's the biggest thing I got out of it. I'm just ready to live a football life."
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