METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints security Tyrann Mathieu reported for coaching camp and was working towards Wednesday after initially being excused to take care of what the group described as a private matter.
Mathieu returned Wednesday after he missed the primary six practices of camp.
The offseason addition of Mathieu to the Saints’ secondary was met with a lot fanfare in New Orleans, the place Mathieu grew up and performed in highschool earlier than starring in faculty at LSU. The 30-year-old, nine-year NFL veteran agreed to a three-year, $33 million free-agent contract with the Saints in early Might.
Mathieu was raised by his grandparents in New Orleans, then grew to become a star soccer participant and monitor athlete for St. Augustine Excessive College. He maintained deep ties to town, enhanced by way of his charitable endeavors and soccer camps within the space.
He additionally has deep ties to LSU, the place his tenacious play earned him the nickname “Honey Badger.” He performed two seasons for the Tigers. As a sophomore in 2011, he was a Heisman Trophy finalist and received the Bednarik Award because the nation’s high defensive participant. However his faculty profession was reduce quick when then-Tigers coach Les Miles dismissed Mathieu in the summertime of 2012 for repeated drug check failures.
Matheiu frolicked in a Houston rehabilitation program, however it wasn’t till he was drafted by Arizona within the third spherical in 2013 that he put his life collectively. Mathieu grew to become a reliable defensive standout for coach Bruce Arians and has since added two All-Professional nods with Kansas Metropolis to go along with one earned in Arizona. He additionally has been named to the Professional Bowl every of the previous three seasons.
Mathieu wound up enjoying 5 seasons for Arizona earlier than a 12 months with the Texans. He signed with Kansas Metropolis as a free agent for $42 million over three years and instantly grew to become the quarterback of the Chiefs’ protection, typically relaying alerts and directing the pre-snap alignment of defensive teammates.
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