But around when my grandpa died and I asked her point-blank, ‘Can I come live with you?’ she told me, ‘Nope, no, you can’t.’ And that was that.” Mathieu first grew up with his grandparents in a home that included many of his cousins and other people from the neighborhood seeking refuge. He was eventually adopted by his uncle, Tyrone, and his wife Sheila. The family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, moving to Texas for a time and spending nearly a year homeless. It was at that point in his life that Mathieu revealed he started to turn to marijuana to deal with the pain in his life. “That’s why I wound up smoking so much weed,” he told Solotaroff.”It smoothed out all my highs and lows.” He added:”Most of my team was smoking. I mean, we practiced at this park where half the time gunshots were going off.” He would eventually fail two drug tests at LSU and was kicked off the team. He also was arrested and charged for simple possession after his college football career came to a close. http://richjulianedwards.redcarolinaparaguay.org/2016/08/07/an-essential-analysis-of-essential-criteria-for-vocation/That caused him to fall down the draft before he was eventually selected in the third round (69th overall) by the Cardinals in 2013. Since then, two things have defined Mathieu’s career: His dynamic, game-changing, playmaking ability and a number of injuries. Both athletic enough to cover wide receivers and tight ends alike and physical enough to make plays near the line of scrimmage, Mathieu has become the heart of Arizona’s defense. He reached the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was voted an Associated Press first-team All- NFL selection, posting 89 tackles, five interceptions, a touchdown, a forced fumble and a sack in 14 games. That reportedly earned him a five-year,$62.5 million extension Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter and Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.
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