|Tyrann Mathieu Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||May 13, 1992|
|Girlfriend||Sydni Paige Russell|
Tyrann Mathieu is an American professional football player who has represented the Arizona Cardinals (2013-2017), the Houston Texans (2018), the Kansas City Chiefs (2019-2021), and the New Orleans Saints (2022-Present) in the NFL (National Football League), as a safety. He had been picked 69th overall in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. With the Kansas City Chiefs, he won Super Bowl LIV (the championship game of the 2019 NFL season). In his rookie year in the NFL, Tyrann was named to the ‘PFWA (Pro Football Writers of America) All-Rookie Team’. He has been included in the ‘First-team All-Pro’ thrice (2015, 2019, 2020) and selected to the Pro Bowl (the NFL‘s annual ‘All-Star Game’) thrice (2015, 2020, 2021). He also holds the honor of being included in the ‘NFL 2010s All-Decade Team’.
Tyrann Devine Mathieu
The Honey Badger
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Tyrann had attended St. Augustine High School, a private, Catholic, all-boys school in his hometown of New Orleans. After his high school graduation, on an athletic scholarship, he joined Louisiana State University (LSU), a public land-grant research university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
There, between 2010 and 2011, he represented the LSU Tigers football program. In August 2012, it was announced that Tyrann would be dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, reportedly due to repeated drug test failures. Soon enough, he withdrew from LSU and entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston, Texas.
His withdrawal was expected to last for the entire 2012-2013 academic year. However, in September 2012, he enrolled in fall semester classes. In October 2012 though, Tyrann and 3 other former LSU players were arrested for possession of marijuana. In November 2012, it was announced that he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Professional American Football Player
- Father – Darrin Hayes
- Mother – Tyra Mathieu
- Siblings – Darrineka Mathieu (Sister), Toya Mathieu (Younger Sister), Trine Mathieu (Sister) (d. 2001)
- Others – Tyrone Mathieu (Maternal Uncle, Adoptive Father), Sheila Mathieu (Maternal Aunt, Adoptive Mother)
32 – Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
86 kg or 189.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tyrann has dated –
- Sydni Paige Russell (2011-Present) – Tyrann began dating a dancer and entrepreneur named Sydni Paige Russell in 2011. The couple has 2 children together – a son named Tyrann Mathieu Jr. (b. 2014) and a daughter named Mila Jill Marie Mathieu (b. 2019).
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
He often tends to dye his hair blonde.
- Toned physique
- Center-parted, neck-length, dreadlocked hair
- Sports a thick beard
- Has both his hands and both legs covered in tattoos
Tyrann Mathieu Facts
- Tyrann was raised by his grandparents as his biological mother had abandoned the family while his biological father has been incarcerated for murder for most of Tyrann’s life. After his grandfather passed away in 1997, Tyrann was adopted by his maternal uncle and maternal aunt.
- In his high school days, besides playing for the school’s football team, he was a part of their track team. He was one of the state’s top performers in the long jump event, with a personal best of 7.29 m. He had also recorded 1.93 m in the high jump event.
- During his time at Louisiana State University (LSU), Tyrann developed a reputation for causing turnovers, setting an SEC (Southeastern Conference) record with 11 career forced fumbles.
- During his college days, he earned the nickname ‘The Honey Badger’ for his ability to play tough football against much larger opponents, his penchant for making big plays, and the dyed patch of blonde hair on the top of his head which resembled the blond patch of hair on the back of the mammal of the same name.
- In his sophomore season (2011) at LSU, Tyrann was named a ‘Consensus All-American’. That year, he also won the ‘Chuck Bednarik Award’, presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia (established in 1935 to promote safety in the game of American football) to the best defensive player in college football in the United States. This marked the second year in succession that an LSU defensive player had won the nation’s top defensive honor – after Patrick Peterson had done so in 2010.
- Tyrann was also a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy (awarded annually to the most outstanding player in American college football) that year. For his performances in 2011, he was named the ‘SEC Defensive Player of the Year’ and was also included in the ‘First-team All-SEC‘.
- He was also named the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) of the 2011 SEC Championship Game. SEC, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is an American college athletic conference consisting of 14 member institutions located in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
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