Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu will be at the NFL Rookie Symposium for the second straight year. This year, he will be presenting at the symposium instead of listening.
It would be interesting to see what Mathieu has to say to the crop of rookie who will gather in Aurora, Ohio next week for the event. He’ll certainly talk about his off-field transgressions at LSU and how he has changed since then. I would expect him to also talk about his rehab from a torn ACL and how nobody is invincible when it comes to injuries.
Think about some first-round picks from three years ago who didn’t have the best careers. Tim Tebow bounced around through a few teams and is now on the SEC Network as an analyst. Jahvid Best suffered multiple concussions and can’t play anymore. Legal issues ended Rolando McClain’s career in Oakland before it truly ever got off the ground. The average NFL career lasts three years so those are all relevant examples.
Hopefully Mathieu gets through to the rookies. Hearing from someone in their peer group just might do the trick.