All eyes are on Tyrann Mathieu this season.
The Arizona Cardinals invested a third-round draft pick in the former LSU cornerback. The Cardinals are converting him to free safety with the hope he can be a playmaker for them.
Off the field, pressure is on Mathieu to prove he is a changed man like he proclaims after being dismissed from LSU late last summer. Mathieu believes there were some lessons for him at the NFL Rookie Symposium last month in Aurora, Ohio.
“I didn’t look at it redundant, I looked at it as more people trying to help me,” Mathieu said, according to Darren Urban, who writes for the Cardinals’ web site. “My process is a bit different than the rest of the rookies there. For me, it was an experience I needed.”
Mathieu is trying to look at his journey in a positive light and not focus on the stories that have entrapped so many players.
“I try not to put those negative thoughts in my head, that I’d be out of the league in three years,” Mathieu said. “Brian Dawkins and Aeneas Williams said it best: Stop saying you’re going to go broke, stop saying you’re going to be out of the league, start speaking things into existence. Positive things.
“For me, (the symposium) was real educational, inspiring and one of those reality checks.”
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