BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was just three days before Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from LSU's football team Friday that John Chavis, LSU's venerated defensive coordinator, lauded the Bednarik Award winner's selflessness as a teammate at LSU's media day.
He recalled the Arkansas game last season when, with the Tigers needing somebody to step in to play at the injury-depleted free safety position, Mathieu stepped up to the challenge.
Step up to sacrifice for the team? Heck, the Honey Badger stepped up to thrive for the team.
That was Mathieu's LSU career in a nutshell: He was so competitive and driven, Les Miles and his staff could trust him to take on the most difficult of tasks on the field.
At the end of the day, however, he could not be counted on to do the most basic thing: stay out of trouble off the field.
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