Tyrann Mathieu, the former troubled LSU star cornerback, has moved to South Florida with the family of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, his former LSU teammate and close friend, to decide what is next for his future.
“He wanted to get away from the madness in Baton Rouge,” said Pat Lawler, a Boca Raton lawyer and agent for Galaxy Sports told Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “His mindset is to deal with his problems and get his life in order. He and his family are looking at getting Tyrann back together.”
Mathieu’s career began to spiral out of control when he was dismissed from the Tigers in August for failing multiple drug tests. He returned to LSU as a student, but was arrested along with three others last week on charges of marijuana possession.
Mathieu made his first attempt to get his life headed in the right direction by speaking to Atlantic High football players for about 10 minutes after their practice in Delray Beach on Thursday.
Lawler, who is a LSU graduate, set up the appearance made by Mathieu with a phone call to Atlantic assistant coach Eddie Giersbrook, a former classmate at LSU. Lawler learned that Mathieu wanted to speak to players while staying in Broward County with the Peterson family.
Mathieu’s appearance came as a surprise to the young men, but he gave inspiring words to them.
“I think it was cool. I had never seen him in person,” Atlantic senior Brisly Estime said. “He told us to just work hard and stay in school. He said he made a lot of mistakes, but he stayed positive.”
The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, has yet to sign with an agent or declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, but plans to keep training locally if decides to enter the draft.