Pictured above (left to right): wide receiver Art Monk, general manager Bobby Beathard, head coach Jack Pardee, and defensive end Mat Mendenhall.
The Washington Redskins 1980 NFL Draft class landed them eight players in total. Six of those players did not make the final roster in the first year. One was a wide receiver would go on to win three Super Bowls as a Redskin, Art Monk.
And one player turned out to be sort of a mystery.
Mat Mendenhall, a defensive end from Bringham Young University, became a Washington Redskin in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft.
At 6′ 6′ ‘ and 253 pounds the senior from BYU was a physical specimen coming out of college. He came from athletic family. His father Paul played defensive end at BYU from 1953-1954. His younger brother, Bronco Mendenhall played defensive back at Snow College from 1984-1985 before transferring to Orgeon State for his final two years.
Bronco Mendenhall got into coaching after his career ended, and in 2005 took over as the head coach BYU, a position he currently still holds.
Given the football crazed family that Mat Mendenhall grew up in, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he ended up playing football. But what was a surprise to many was the fact that Mendenhall lived to see his NFL dreams fulfilled.
During the summer leading into his senior season at BYU, Mendenhall started to experience a pain in his stomach but did not think it was anything serious. When the pain remained two months later he had it checked out. Read more »
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Besides awesome nicknames.
NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock says that CB Tyrann Mathieu, or the “Honey Badger,” is a Combine ‘wildcard’ and no one really knows the NFL future of the 5′ 9″ 186 pound cornerback.
But what do Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Mathieu have in common?
Well, they both were 2011 Heisman Trophy finalists. The obvious difference is that Griffin III went on to win the 2011 Heisman and Mathieu did not (hold your applause, please).
From the Heisman ceremony, their lives went in two starkly different directions. Griffin III went on to become a Combine sensation, Draft day hero, savior of a franchise and face of the NFL.
In that same span, Mathieu has been dismissed from LSU, arrested on drug charges, put through rehab, and is now fighting for his future in football.
The two that once had greatness in common may seem like an odd couple, but according to the almighty Twitter, the two have remained in contact over the last year and change, as evidenced by a recent Honey Badger tweet: Read more »
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