Arizona's third-round draft pick now says his goal is to be the best player on the team, not just pound-for-pound.
"The expectations can never amount to mine," Mathieu said. "I want to play a big role. Everybody always has something to say, whether it's good or bad. I just leave it at that and do what I do best, which is play football."
The next time you see the artist formerly known as "Honey Badger," be prepared for a new look. Thanks to typical rookie hazing, Mathieu is sporting a shaved head and a missing left eyebrow.
"Long story short, couple veterans took advantage of me," Mathieu explained. "The deal going into it they would leave the Mohawk. But once I sat down, the rules were out the window."
"I tried to disguise it. I tried to wear a band-aid over my eyebrow; that doesn't work. Tried to wear a hat low; can't see where I'm going. Hopefully in the next week, my eyebrow comes back and I can be myself again."