All summer long, azcardinals.com chronicled the rehab and comeback of safety Tyrann Mathieu from his devastating knee injury. The Honey Badger is back on the field, and so, for this part of Mathieu’s career, the story comes to a close. In this “Zoom” episode, the “Tenacious” series
ends continues (actually, there will be one more episode soon with Mathieu talking about inspiring people and his son) with Mathieu looking back on the journey that started last December. And realizing he still has a little work to do.
“As I look back from where I am now, I think the toughest part was being cleared from rehab and having to transition back to the football field,” Mathieu said. “You’re not quite there yet, not quite in shape physically and mentally, you still have a hurdle to overcome. Right now, this is the toughest part for me because your teammates look at you and your coaches look at you and the fans look at you because they know you, they know you made plays. The toughest part right now is just being that guy again.”
Coach Bruce Arians talked all week about Mathieu needing to get past that mental roadblock of just letting loose. Mathieu is expected to jump to playing about 30 plays against Denver the next time out, assuming he’s ready in his head. At some point, he’ll be a major part of the defense again. When that point is will be up to him.
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