Whenever he’s been on the football field, former LSU and current Arizona Cardinals DB Tryann Mathieu has been as star. Unfortunately, that’s become less and less common over the last few years as Mathieu has suffered a series of serious injuries. This afternoon it was announced that Mathieu’s latest injury, to his shoulder, would end his season:
The #AZCardinals placed DB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) on Injured Reserve, ending his season with two games to go.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2016
This marks the third of Mathieu’s four NFL seasons to have ended prematurely. His rookie season and his third season, 2015, both ended with torn ACLs.
The 2015 All-Pro selection has become one of the league’s most inspiring stories. After being kicked off the LSU team in 2012, Mathieu was a cautionary tale before being selected in the third round by the Cardinals in 2013. However, he quickly emerged as a changed person while retaining the crazy athletic ability that made him one of college football’s most exciting players.
Earlier this year, Mathieu signed a five-year extension with Arizona, guaranteeing him $35 million. Mathieu used a portion of that money to make a $1 million donation to LSU shortly after signing his contract.