Fitzgerald “absolutely loves” Tyrann Mathieu

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Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu made a quick impact in his first NFL game, forcing Rams tight end Jared Cook to fumble when he was otherwise on his way to the end zone.

Mathieu has also made an impact on one of the best receivers in the NFL.

“I absolutely love the kid,” Larry Fitzgerald said of Mathieu on Tuesday’s PFT Live.  “I love him.  I mean he works his tail off every single day in practice, he comes to work, he studies plays so hard.  He’s a tremendous kid in our locker room too.  I mean he’s on time, he’s punctual, taking notes in meetings, just everything that you would expect out of a player of his caliber.  Him and Patick Peterson together it’s just really exciting.  I’m so happy he’s on our team.”

Mathieu slid to round three of the 2013 draft after issues with marijuana resulted in an early exit from LSU.  But Mathieu has been clean since entering the NFL, agreeing to permit the team to drug test him and hinging future money on his ability to choose football over drugs.

For the rest of the interview, including Fitzgerald’s reaction to being reminded that he recently turned 30, click the thing below.

37 responses to “Fitzgerald “absolutely loves” Tyrann Mathieu

  1. Since Warner left, we were all robbed of plenty of Larry Fitzgerald moments. I’m glad Arizona has a guy who can get him the ball.

  2. He could be a steal especially after being at safety, his coverage skills are poor but he’s a bawl hawk and baller my. He fits in perfectly in the nfcw with the defensive monsters they possess. I’m certain the seahawks would have drafted this guy if he’s slid to them.

  3. I hope Tyrann respects him and looks to him for leadership. Fitz is a model citizen on and off the field and a true class act. The Cards have a couple good leaders there in AZ.

  4. So the Honey Badger and Vontaze Burfict both end up successful, upstanding members of the NFL? I think a lot of people on here have some crow to eat… Butchered the kids before they ever had the chance to grow up. Good for them! Hope they keep their noses clean.

  5. LF said: “I mean he works his tail off every single day in practice, he comes to work, he studies plays so hard. He’s a tremendous kid in our locker room too. I mean he’s on time, he’s punctual, taking notes in meetings, just everything that you would expect out of a player of his caliber.”
    Sounds to me like the typical NFL player, not an exceptional one.
    Being “on time” and “punctual” have the same meaning.
    Unless LF is telling the world that most of his other teammates are not punctual, don’t work hard etc, then I find this to be high praise for what amounts to standard behavior, not above & beyond behavior.

  6. I’m glad Tyrann is comfortable in Arizona, the fact that he was suspended for an entire year in college was ridiculous. He was only hurting himself by his actions. Fortunately he has been able to turn his life around and is still the same great football talent we all remember from his LSU days.

  7. You meant to say choose football over plants. Alcohol is a drug, not weed. No one cares if I smoke a handful of sunflowers. Marijuana shouldn’t be any different.

  8. Watched his highlites and was very impressed. He absolutely reminds me of Bob Sanders. A guy of smaller stature that plays very big. I hope he stays on the right path as he could be very marketable and make himself a boatload of cash.

  9. jagwires says: “You meant to say choose football over plants. Alcohol is a drug, not weed. No one cares if I smoke a handful of sunflowers. Marijuana shouldn’t be any different.”
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    Someone doesn’t know where alcohol comes from.

  10. As a Browns fan it is almost painful to watch this kid. He was staring us in the face in the draft and we desperately need a CB. What do the Browns do, 1 pick before he goes? Draft a different CB who so far sucks.

    Way to go Brownies!

  11. I’m no GM, but if I was, I would have definitely taken a chance on the kid.

    An absolute playmaker in college and he comes in and makes a huge play in his first game at the pro level (well, we know college players are pros too, but when we find out they’ve been getting paid, it’s frowned upon).

  12. Before the draft i felt like this guy could have gone to the Cardinals with role models Fitz and most importantly Patrick Peterson and succeeded, or gone to 31 other teams and busted. He landed in the right spot.

  13. peopletrains says: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 PM

    Since Warner left, we were all robbed of plenty of Larry Fitzgerald moments. I’m glad Arizona has a guy who can get him the ball.
    _____________
    More importantly, you got a guy/badger who can get the ball for the “guy who can get him the ball”. Not a Cards fan by any means, but this team is straight-up exciting. All they need is a running back who doesn’t hate America/doesn’t suck.

    Carson’s still got it, but he’s not going to be around very much longer. Luckily he still has enough o the tank to hold down the fort for a while, and enough football experience to tutor a whole boatload of young QB’s. If I’m Arizona, I’m grabbing a rookie from 2014’s pretty well-stocked class and letting him hold the clipboard for a couple years until Carson rides off into the sunset. This has. unfortunately, become something young QB’s have been able to do less and less over the years, but AZ has the perfect situation for it.

    This is a team that’s building something, and as long as St. Louis keeps up the pace, this is going to be one heck of a division in a few years.

  14. If I were Larry, I’d be like “Nice guy, but needs to continue working hard and not let up. Keep being on time, punctual, prepared, etc.”.

  15. You should have printed the complete statement: ” love the kid…I am so happy he is on our team, because he tosses one mean salad, you know, back there….” ugh, gross!!!

  16. Best pick of the draft IMO. The Cards got a top 10 talent in the 3rd round.

    Every team in the NFL will kick themselves for letting this kid pass them by. I was screaming for the Browns to grab him in the 3rd, and of course he got grabbed on the very next pick by the Cards.

    This kid could end up being the best overall player of this draft and he went in the 3rd round.

    And I bet he doesnt have any trouble with weed, considering what hes been through. What he did in college was idiotic but if you love smoking weed its a lot easier to quit when your not in college, where its everywhere.

    Cant wait to watch this kid play

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