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Continued: Honey Badger seeks REDEMPTION

  • Article by: JOHN MCMULLEN , The Sports Network
  • Last update: April 19, 2013 - 2:32 PM

"First of all, I want them to be able to trust me," Mathieu said. "I hold myself accountable for everything I've done and in this past year, it's been tough. At the end of the day, I want them to know that I'm a football player. I want to be a great teammate and I want to be the same leader on the field that I know I can be off the field."

Taking a flyer on Mathieu will make plenty of sense for some teams. The question is when can they afford to take a blind leap on a guy who has had to basically quarantine himself to keep temptation away.

"I've been to rehabs, I've been to counseling, I have a sponsor," he said. "I'm surrounded by people who do what I want to do and that's be a professional football player. I think the last few months have been going pretty good for me."

That kind of support system won't be possible during the NFL season, though, making Mathieu the classic boom-or-bust prospect.

"I'm not totally asking them to trust me right now," Mathieu said. "What I have asked is for them to give me an opportunity to play the game. I've had a lot of time to reflect on it, especially without football. It's really given me a different outlook on life and it's just about being the right kind of person."

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