Cardinals’ Mathieu says no more ‘Honey Badger’ nickname

May 10, 2013, 2:02 AM | Updated: 5:44 am

At his introductory press conference Thursday, Arizona Cardinals third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu talked at length about learning what it takes to be a true professional.

In short, the former LSU standout wants a fresh start. He wants to move on from his well-known past and that doesn’t just include his off-the-field transgressions.

During his rise to national prominence in 2011, Mathieu commonly was referred to by his nickname the “Honey Badger” more so than his actual surname. Coined to honor his reckless abandon on the football field, it was a nickname and a persona that the former Heisman Trophy Finalist embraced at the time.

But times have apparently changed.

“I understand that a lot of people who are in love with the ‘Honey Badger’ won’t let it go,” Mathieu said. “For me, going forward I want people to recognize me as Tyrann Mathieu.

“That’s my biggest thing. I don’t have anything against the ‘Honey Badger’ it’s just that the ‘Honey Badger’ happened at such a dark time in my life. I’m just really focusing on Tyrann right now.”

Mathieu did make one caveat to his new rule, though.

“If the little kids out there want to call me ‘Honey Badger’ they can do that,” said the Cardinals rookie.

Life Changer Loans

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson waves to fans during an NFL football practice in Berea,...
Associated Press

AP: Browns’ Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, could return vs. Texans

Deshaun Watson has reached a settlement and will serve an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine, per The Associated Press.
13 hours ago
Josh Jones #79 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in training camp activities at State Farm Stad...
Tyler Drake

Back at tackle, Arizona Cardinals OL Josh Jones is making strides

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Josh Jones is back at the position where he belongs and it's showing this training camp.
13 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals rookie TE Trey McBride looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Rookie Trey McBride set to make debut vs. Ravens

After dealing with a sore back, Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Trey McBride is on track to play against the Ravens.
13 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Glen...
Tyler Drake

Speeding arrest a learning moment for Arizona Cardinals’ Marquise Brown

Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown spoke Wednesday for the first time since he was arrested for excessive speeding.
2 days ago
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 12: Jessie Lemonier #52 of the Detroit Lions gets set against the Denve...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals release linebacker Jessie Lemonier

The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Jessie Lemonier, the team announced on Wednesday.
2 days ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 and wide receiver Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a...
Tyler Drake

‘It’s just a natural connection’ for Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, Hollywood Brown

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and WR Hollywood Brown linked up for the first time in an Arizona uniform on Monday. The chemistry is still there.
2 days ago
Cardinals’ Mathieu says no more ‘Honey Badger’ nickname