Mathieu hoped to help his image by attending the Senior Bowl practice as a spectator, where he told members of the media that he knows he has no room for mistakes.
“They have every right to do that,” Mathieu said. “I’m not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow. Trust takes time, especially when you’ve done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you. It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I’m 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I’m doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player.”
Mathieu has been working out with former LSU cornerback and current Arizona Cardinal player Patrick Peterson. He also left Baton Rouge and moved in with Peterson’s parents in Florida. Peterson’s father is a trainer and has also been working with Mathieu to get him ready for the draft.
Mathieu appears to understand that this is his final chance. He knows that he has to convince NFL teams that he is worth the risk.
“Basically, I just had to take myself out of that situation that I was involved in and get away from all those kinds of people and just really starting hanging myself around positive people, people who are actually doing what I want to do in my life,” Mathieu said. “And that’s being a professional football player. I think everything’s going very well right now. I feel real good about myself. I just try to keep a smile on.”
If he does it right he could very easily see himself as a return man at minimum.