For his stellar play in the NFL, former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was rewarded handsomely with a 5-year $62.5 million deal. With the new deal, Mathieu will also get $40 million guaranteed.
On Wednesday, Mathieu’s former coach spoke glowingly about him. LSU head coach Les Miles deeply regretted having to kick Mathieu off the team before the 2012 season.
Miles told a group of reporters, “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
Miles on dismissing Tyrann Mathieu: "One of the worst things I've ever done." #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 3, 2016
Mathieu attended LSU from 2010 to 2012. In the the 2011 season he had two interceptions, 7.5 tackles for loss and four touchdowns as a defensive player and punt returner. He won the 2011 SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s best defensive player.
Mathieu was kicked off the team due to a violation of team rules before the 2012 season. In 2011 he had been suspended one game following a violation of LSU’s drug policy.
Back in February Mathieu commented about his time at LSU.
“It was never any blood blood; I was just a kid that didn’t understand the opportunity that I had,” Mathieu said. “I thought smoking weed was OK. I wasn’t this dysfunctional guy causing hell. A lot of the relationships I had, I still have, with trainers, Coach (Les) Miles, different guys on staff and in administration … I had issues to correct. Other than that, my time at LSU was great, second to none.”
Mathieu was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Mathieu had five interceptions last year and was named an All-Pro at safety.
Miles on @Mathieu_Era: "I'm so for him, I can't tell ya." Literally clapped and was excited to talk about Tyrann's new contract.
— Emily Villere Dixon (@emilyvdixon) August 3, 2016