The theory was sound. Tyrann Mathieu had troubles in his life, troubles he wanted to leave behind, and those issues had come about while living the life of a college superstar everyone called “Honey Badger.” So to move on, Mathieu and his supporters figured, it made sense to move on past the Honey Badger nickname too.
Flash forward these many months, long now after the Cardinals made Mathieu their third-round pick, long after there was trepidation whether a team should take a chance on him. Mathieu has had a trouble-free turn as a pro thus far, has made a ton of plays through training camp, and has national writers picking him to be defensive rookie of the year. All along, he’s still pretty much been the Honey Badger. And by now, Mathieu just shrugs his shoulders and accepts it.
“I tried to come out and say I don’t want to be called that, but people don’t care,” Mathieu said. “People don’t care. They’re going to call you whatever they want to call you. I don’t want to fight it. I’d rather just embrace the situation. Hopefully this go-around will be a lot different than last time.”
Leaving the nickname behind made sense to Mathieu. It didn’t work. He’s going to be Honey Badger. “People are tough, man,” Mathieu said, smiling and shaking his head.
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