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:
According to Griffin III’s Twitter account (@RGIII), the quarterback reached out to Mathieu to give him a little word of advice. Whatever that advice entailed will likely remain between the two young men, but if Mathieu really has turned over a new leaf, he would be wise to heed Griffin III.
After all, Griffin III’s leadership transcends his own play, as his teammates elected him a team captain during the team’s bye week.
Keep in mind that once upon a time, Mathieu was no slouch himself at LSU (2011)—an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-SEC and was a projected Top 10 pick before trouble came his way.
There’s been an outcry from Redskins fans to address the need for help in the secondary in this April’s draft or through free agency and there’s no doubt that Mathieu could fill that void.
If you judge Mathieu based on his last few months on his Twitter feed (@Mathieu_Era), he’s motivated to take all of the necessary steps to silence his critics:
The question is will the Redskins take a flyer on a talented player who was suspended for violating LSU’s substance abuse policy? Only time will tell. And whether or not the two Heisman hopefuls will reunite in May for team OTAs in Ashburn, Va. will be determined during April’s draft.
Remember that at one time, Griffin III and Mathieu were both on top of the football world, and although Mathieu suffered a temporary fall from grace, he has rebounded to say and do all of the right things in the public eye.
One may ask, has Mathieu learned from his mistakes?
The Redskins, and 31 other teams will seek to find that out in the coming weeks. But the prospect of RGIII and the ‘Honey Badger’ leading their respective backfield for years to come is, at the least, an intriguing thought for Redskins fans.
What do YOU think about the prospect of Tyrann Mathieu, a.k.a “Honey Badger”, in a burgundy and gold uniform?
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