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In light of his recent troubled past, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu seems to be turning his life around, and is heading in the right direction.
Last week Mathieu was one of many rookies to attend the annual NFL Rookie Symposium, where first-year players get the privileged opportunity to gain an understanding of what life is like for a professional athlete.
Mathieu left the event feeling refreshed, renewed, and felt that the information that he was given wasn’t just any commonplace message he’s heard over the course of being an athlete in his life.
“I didn’t look at it redundant. I looked at it as more people trying to help me,” Mathieu said to the Cardinals team website. “My process is a bit different than the rest of the rookies there. For me, it was an experience I needed.”
The Arizona Cardinals took a chance on drafting Mathieu in the 3rd round (69th overall). After having multiple drug issues as an amateur athlete, many questioned whether or not he was worth the price of an NFL contract.
Tyrann feels blessed to be in this position, and despite the fact that his money isn’t guaranteed, he isn’t going to dwell on it, yet he’ll use it as fuel to trigger his redemption story.
“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.”
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