Tyrann Mathieu returned home last week, signing a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. That means an up-close look at his alma mater of LSU, as Brian Kelly enters Year 1 on the job in Baton Rouge.
“BK is cooler than people give him credit for, man, he’s a cool dude,” Mathieu said recently on The Rich Eisen Show. “He’s definitely a bright mind, he’s smart. I’m not a great dancer neither, that’s why I never Griddy or nothing like that. Justin Jefferson and all those young boys, let them get their dance on.”
In 16 regular-season games with the Kansas City Chiefs last fall, Mathieu totaled 76 tackles, six pass breakups, three interceptions and one touchdown. Prior to his time with the Chiefs, Mathieu spent five years with the Arizona Cardinals and one year with the Houston Texans. Mathieu signed with the Chiefs in 2019 and lifted their defense to another level with leadership at the back end. At age 33, he now comes home.
“It’s always good to get back to Baton Rouge,” Mathieu said during the interview. “I’m hoping I can talk to the team more and be around those guys more because there’s so much talent in that Tigers building.”
The Arizona Cardinals drafted Mathieu out of LSU with the 69th overall pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2011, Mathieu was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American after tallying 77 tackles (7.5 for loss) and two interceptions.
A former four-star recruit out of New Orleans (La.) Augustine, Mathieu was the No. 218-ranked player from the Class of 2010, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He was the 15th-ranked cornerback and sixth-ranked player from Louisiana.
Will Backus contributed to this report.