Tyrann Mathieu is a famous American football player who flagged off his pro career with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Mathieu rose beyond his incomplete childhood into a National Football League (NFL) star and shot himself towards greatness.
Like most football players, Tyrann Mathieu played the game from high school into college where he set a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record with 11 career forced fumbles. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best college defensive player and was recognized as a consensus All-American.
For his field efforts during his rookie season, Mathieu got named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. In 2015, he got an invitation to the Pro Bowl and finished with first-team All-Pro honors. A worthwhile walk inside/outside his fab lane can help us get an insight into the life of the Houston Texans player, which is why we’re here.
Tyrann Mathieu Biography
Born on May 13, 1992, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tyrann Devine Mathieu grew up with every other family members except his biological parents. First, with his grandparents but he was later adopted by his uncle Tyrone Mathieu and aunt, Sheila Mathieu, following the death of his grandfather.
Growing up in the city, Mathieu enrolled in St. Augustine High School, where his interest in sports was ignited. He played both football for the St. Augustine Purple Knights high school football team, ran track and field and was a member of the relay team.
Tyrann Mathieu graduated from high school with an impressive sports record including being one of the state’s top performers in long jump; making personal-best leaps in both high jump (1.93 meters) and in the long jump (7.29 meters). In football, he was rated four-star recruit having had 32 tackles, one sack, and five interceptions as a senior and got listed as the No. 13 cornerback in the nation in 2010.
Mathieu committed to play for Louisiana State University on an athletic scholarship. He Played college football for two seasons (2010-2011) in which he made the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic, as well as became the most valuable player of the 2011 SEC Championship Game.
However, his near-perfect start was marred by a game suspension following his violation of LSU’s drug policy on October 19, 2011. Nevertheless, his tenacious ability to brave larger opponent in the field, despite his 1.75m height, placed him as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He capped off the season on December 8, 2011, with the college annual Chuck Bednarik Award.
The year 2012 was devoid of active football for Mathieu. He announced his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and participate at the annual Scouting Combine on February 26, 2013. Projected as the third-best cornerback prospect, he was selected in the third round (69th overall) by Arizona Cardinals as the sixth safety drafted in 2013. He debuted his pro game in the Cardinals’ season-opener at the St. Louis Rams, playing as the backup free safety to begin the regular season.
Mathieu had his first taste of victory with the team in Week 4 of 2013 season followed by two more victories before he tore his left ACL and LCL on December 8, 2013, which kept him on the injured reserve list and officially ending his rookie season. While recovering from the injury, he missed training camp and was inactive for the Cardinals’ Week 1, 2014 season-opener.
Tyrann joined the team in Week 2 as the backup free safety and later on became the starting free safety, leading the Cardinals to three victories (Wk 2, 9 and 10) against their opponents. A thumb injury on November 30, 2014, kept him off Weeks 13–14 games till the end of the season.
The NFL star made his first career touchdown in the game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 27, 2015, and recorded a career-high two interceptions in a game. He also got named to his first Pro Bowl after the season; was named as a first-team All-Pro safety by the Associated Press and then ranked 28th on the NFL Top 100 Players of the year 2016.
The Arizona Cardinals renewed his contract for another five years, worth $62.5 million on August 2, 2016. But he missed most of the season’s games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 8 game against the Carolina Panthers. After struggling in two of the next six games of the season, the team’s officials placed him on the injured reserve list on December 23, 2016.
Mathieu continued with the Cardinals into the 2017 season and played in 16 games, recording two interceptions and 78 total sacks. In all his five seasons (2013-2017) with the franchise, he recorded a total of 308 combined tackles (283 solos), 44 pass deflections, 12 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown in 66 games. He was waived by the Cardinals on March 14, 2018, after refusing to accept a pay cut.
Tyrann Mathieu joined the Houston Texans on a one year deal and so far, has played 4 games with one interception and 23 combined tackles.
His Salary and Net Worth
Mathieu’s first and four-year contract as a football pro with the Cardinals was worth $3.05 million including $817,187 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $265,000. He reached a career-high net worth when he signed $62.5 million five year extension with the Cardinals which included $21.25 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $15.5 million.
In 2018, he signed a one year deal with the Texans worth $7 million. His net worth as of 2018 is estimated at $26 million.
Other Facts About Tyrann Mathieu
- Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
- Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
- Arm Length: 31 1/8″
- Hands: 9 3/8″
- Hair color: Black
- Eye color: Brown
- NFL Position: Safety
- Strength: matched as a Fiesty turnover machine.
- Weakness: Possesses below-average size
- Marital Status: Single but is a father of two boys from different women.
- Controversies: He was arrested in 2012 on possession of marijuana.
- The footballer was accused in 2015, of irresponsibility towards an alleged daughter, Brylee Zanai Alexander, from the woman who said he’s the father of her child.
- Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football program due to a violation of team rules, news outlets reported his suspension was triggered as a result of repeated drug test failures.
- Despite withdrawing from LSU to enroll for a drug rehab program in Houston, Texas on August 17, 2012, he and three other LSU former players were arrested on possession of marijuana on October 25, 2012.
- He missed one year out of football in 2012, before being drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.