The NFL will hold its annual rookie symposium later this month — NFC rookies go to Aurora, Ohio June 22-25 — and the draft picks from across the league will listen to a host of speakers on a host of subjects. One, for instance, will be former Cardinal and recently named Hall-of-Famer Aeneas Williams talking about the history of the league at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton.
The complete gist of the event? From the league’s press release: “The four core teaching principles of the Rookie Symposium are NFL History, Total Wellness, Professional Experience and Workplace Conduct. The symposium includes presentations, videos, and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, workplace respect and maintaining positive relationships.”
Among the list of current and former NFL players speaking is none other than Tyrann Mathieu.
Mathieu, as a third-round pick in 2013, attended the symposium as a rookie last year. He was listening about how to make the right decisions after his spotty college career. Obviously, Mathieu has traveled light years from there in just the last 12 months. He was the risk the Cardinals took in the 2013 draft. Now he is the guy the NFL thinks is mature enough to use his own story as guidance for the rookies coming into pro football.
I’ve mentioned this before, but the idea Mathieu has become a face of not only the franchise (he has done a video for season ticket holders, for example) but also a speaker for a league function tops even what he has already shown as a talented young player. The Honey Badger has already earned the trust of people from whom it isn’t necessarily easy to win trust — at least not with the background of Mathieu. That says more about the guy than any tackle or interception ever could.
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