Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu Will Use Mike Mayock's Words as Motivation

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 17, 2013

Go ahead and tip your caps in Mike Mayock's direction for any success Tyrann Mathieu has in his rookie season in the NFL

Larry Brown Sports reports on the latest bulletin-board material going up in NFL locker rooms. You see, NFL Network's Mayock once bet a coach that Mathieu wouldn't be selected in the first 50 picks of the NFL draft, and the Arizona Cardinals rookie hasn't forgotten. 

Here is what Mayock had to say about the young man eventually selected 69th overall in the 2013 draft. The Big Lead has the actual video of the exchange between Mayock and his colleagues. 

By the way, speaking of Honey Badger, I just won $20 from a coach around the league who bet me that he would go in the first 50 picks. 

If you are watching, I would expect 20 bucks or a round of golf this summer. 

When pressed to divulge the name of this coach, Mayock remained tight-lipped. However, he seems to have received a cool 20 bucks or one round of golf at an extremely cheap golf course. 

Oh, and he also received the ire of one football player. 

Mathieu sent out this tweet on Tuesday: 

I am sure it will make Cardinals fans happy knowing that one of their young players is itching to prove his doubters wrong. 

Athletes using losses, critics and opponents as fuel for their fire is nothing new. Even college football's defending champs, Alabama, found a clever way to get their football players motivated, as they've been playing their lone loss to Texas A&M in the players' gym

Larry Brown Sports reminds us that Mayock had the cornerback as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect, as the analyst stated that Mathieu is "a better football player than he is an athlete."

The rookie had no shortage of critics after being kicked off the LSU team following a 2011 season in which he was a consensus All-American and placed fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Despite all that, he is working hard to show that he is ready to get the most out of his talent. 

And he's doing it off the field, as well. ESPN reports Mathieu plans to enroll at Arizona State to finish his degree during the scant downtime he has as a professional football player. 

If this is indeed a great year for Mathieu, Cardinals fans can send their thank you cards and gift baskets directly to Mayock. 


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