Shortly after winning the biggest game of his career, Tyrann Mathieu, AKA, ‘The Honeybadger’ tweeted, “Can’t wait till my dad call me from prison. I know they turnt in there. It’s 321 TVs in Hunts Correctional Facility & I know every last TV was on The Game & everybody in there was rooting for us. We did it!”
Mathieu winning the super bowl was easily one of the best storylines from Sunday night. The star defensive back is known for speaking on his difficult childhood and the perseverance he’s had to get to this point in life. A few minutes prior to this tweet, he sent a different one writing, “Thanks to all the media that shared my story & gave me a chance to outlive the part of my story that made me so tough, connected & gave me a sense of responsibility. Thank you for taking care a kid who past is fragile.”
Now, if you’re the casual fan, you’re probably curious as to why in this moment, the moment almost every football player works toward, he’s thanking the media for taking care of him and thinking of his incarcerated dad.
Well, Mathieu’s biological father has been in prison for almost Tyrann’s entire life. His father was in jail for robbery when Mathieu was born and he shot and killed a man the day he was released. Mathieu Sr. was then found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. Mathieu’s mother was also never really in the picture either. As a toddler, he was raised by his grandparents until his aunt and uncle adopted him.
Mathieu is from New Orleans, Louisiana and went to LSU where he originally received the name ‘The Honeybadger’. During his senior season in 2012, Mathieu was kicked off the squad for violating team rules. Nonetheless, the defensive back managed to straighten out his life once he got to the NFL.
Mathieu was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played his next four seasons there until the team chose to move in a different direction. Mathieu signed a one year deal with the Texans in 2018 until finally finding his home in Kansas City during the 2019 offseason.
The three year deal has appeared to pay off for both parties as many claim Mathieu is the ‘real MVP’ of this team. A story of grit, fight and perseverance and still, Mathieu’s gesture of tweeting about his incarcerated father seemed incredibly genuine as he made it clear that after the victory he was thinking of everything he’s overcome to get to this point.
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