Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson: ‘I’ll continue to mentor Tyrann Mathieu’

Apr 27, 2013, 2:45 AM | Updated: 3:02 am

The Arizona Cardinals made a buzzworthy selection with the No. 69 pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft Friday night, taking talented, yet troubled former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

Despite a stellar 2011 season (77 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 4 recovered fumbles, 2 interceptions and 2 punt return touchdowns) in which he went on to be a Consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist, Mathieu came into the draft with a bit of a checkered past.

Before the 2012 season, the “Honey Badger” was kicked off the LSU football team for a violation of team rules related to repeated failed drug tests.

Still, the Cardinals believed Mathieu, who hasn’t played competitive football in over a year, could be an instant contributor under the right guidance. And it doesn’t look like Steve Keim and Co. will have to look far in the guidance department.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson was Mathieu’s teammate at LSU in 2010 and said he was beyond excited by Friday’s news.

“Honestly, this is by far one of the happiest days of my life,” Peterson said in a conference call. “It feels like I got drafted again when I saw his name pop up across the board. For him to have another opportunity to do what he loves is unbelievable.

“Going back seven months ago, he said his dream was to play with me once again no matter how it came. He said that was definitely his dream and his dream came true.”

It’s a dream that came to fruition likely in part because of the advice Peterson shared with the Cardinals’ front office.

“They did talk to me throughout the process trying to figure out what kind of kid he was and how he was as a teammate,” said Peterson. “I told them, ‘I’m willing to put my neck on the line for the kid. I promise he’ll walk a straight line and arrow. He won’t give you any problems.'”

Peterson, who worked out with his former teammate in the Valley leading up to the NFL Draft, admitted that he wants to see the defensive standout succeed with the Cardinals and will do what it takes to help make the transition process easier.

“I was asked if I’d continue being his mentor,” said Peterson. “It’s something I’d love to do, as well. And, it’s something he wants me to do as well, just to continue to guide him.”

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts (49), Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) and Card...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones out of COVID-19 protocols, Fitts’ year over

Cardinals outside linebacker Kylie Fitts said on Instagram that his season is over, though it is not clear what has led to his year ending.
13 hours ago
The Arizona Cardinals prepare to take the field for a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEne...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals OL making up for Hudson absence; Green to Ertz: ‘Play fast’

TEMPE — Not only did the Arizona Cardinals have to deal with a handful of coaches and players testing positive for COVID-19 when they took on the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, they did so without starting center Rodney Hudson, who was placed on the injured reserve with rib and shoulder injuries ahead of the action. […]
2 days ago
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones interacts with Arizona Cardinals tight end Darrell Dan...
Arizona Sports

Texans-Cardinals injury report: Arizona TE Darrell Daniels, DT Rashard Lawrence out

The Cardinals are nicked up at tight end, on the offensive line and at linebacker as they prepare for Week 7 against the Houston Texans.
13 hours ago
Cardinals DL Jordan Phillips looks on during practice Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drak...
Arizona Sports

Report: Cardinals restructure Jordan Phillips’ deal after Zach Ertz add

In order to make the trade for TE Zach Ertz happen, Cardinals GM Steve Keim had to pull some strings with the team's salary cap construction.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury chats with cornerback Robert Alford during practice We...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals embark on Week 7 with Kliff Kingsbury still sidelined

The Arizona Cardinals kicked off Week 7 without head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who is away from the team due to COVID-19.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals TE Zach Ertz warms up ahead of practice Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyle...
Tyler Drake

Zach Ertz quickly immersing himself in all things Arizona Cardinals

One day after Zach Ertz became a Cardinal, he was off to Cleveland on board the team's plane, with QB Kyler Murray seated right next to him.
3 days ago
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson: ‘I’ll continue to mentor Tyrann Mathieu’