Tyrann Mathieu is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU. In college he developed a reputation for causing turnovers, setting a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record with 11 career forced fumbles and earning the nickname “the Honey Badger” after the mammal of the same name.

Mathieu was recognized as a consensus All-American, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He was dismissed from the LSU football program after that season due to a violation of team rules. In 2012, After spending a year out of football he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, reuniting him in the defensive backfield with former college teammate Patrick Peterson.

Birth Name

Tyrann Devine Mathieu


The Honey Badger


Professional American Football Player



Jersey Number

32 – Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Tyrann Mathieu was born on the 13th of May 1992, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


He’s currently 30 years old.

Sun Sign




He is of African-American descent.





Tyrann had attended St. Augustine High School, a private, Catholic, all-boys school in his hometown of New Orleans. After his high school graduation, on an athletic scholarship, he joined Louisiana State University (LSU), a public land-grant research university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Family Details

  • Father – Darrin Hayes
  • Mother – Tyra Mathieu
  • Siblings – Darrineka Mathieu (Sister), Toya Mathieu (Younger Sister), Trine Mathieu (Sister) (d. 2001)

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Tyrann Mathieu has dated –

  • Sydni Paige Russell (2011-Present) – In 2011, Tyrann began dating a dancer and entrepreneur named Sydni Paige Russell. The couple has 2 children together – a son named Tyrann Mathieu Jr. and a daughter named Mila Jill Marie Mathieu.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 175 cm
  • In meters – 1.75 m


  • In Kilograms – 86 kg
  • In Pounds – 190 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


He often tends to dye his hair blonde.

Shoe Size

He wears a size 10 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Tyrann became known after appearing as a professional football player who plays in the National Football League. He serves as a safety in the league for the Kansas City Chiefs. he has also played for Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. Of the 2013, the Cardinals drafted him in the third round NFL Draft.

Professional Career

Tyrann was ranked as the third best cornerback prospect in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft by NFL analyst Chad Reuter. On November 29, 2012, he stated his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu attended the NFL Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills.

On March 28, 2013, Mathieu attended LSU’s pro day, but chose to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills. He was projected to be a second or third round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Mathieu was ranked as the tenth best cornerback prospect in the draft by

Tyrann Mathieu Net worth

Tyrann Mathieu has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars as of 2023.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Tyrann Mathieu

  • Tyrann was raised by his grandparents as his biological mother had abandoned the family while his biological father has been incarcerated for murder for most of Tyrann’s life.
  • After his grandfather passed away in 1997, Tyrann was adopted by his maternal uncle and maternal aunt.
  • In his high school days, besides playing for the school’s football team, he was a part of their track team. He was one of the state’s top performers in the long jump event, with a personal best of 7.29 m. He had also recorded 1.93 m in the high jump event.
  • Mathieu accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Louisiana State University, where he played for coach Les Miles’ LSU Tigers football team .
  • During his time at Louisiana State University (LSU), Tyrann developed a reputation for causing turnovers, setting an SEC (Southeastern Conference) record with 11 career forced fumbles.
  • Tyrann was also a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy (awarded annually to the most outstanding player in American college football) that year.
  • In 2011, he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was also included in the First-team All-SEC.
  • In 2011, he was also named the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) SEC Championship Game. SEC, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is an American college athletic conference consisting of 14 member institutions located in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
  • In August 2012, Tyrann would be dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, reportedly due to repeated drug test failures.
  • In October 2012, Tyrann and 3 other former LSU players were arrested for possession of marijuana. In November 2012, it was announced that he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • On April 26, 2013, it was reported that Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians stated that Mathieu would be playing free safety although it was widely expected he would play slot cornerback coming out of college.
  • On May 4, 2022, Mathieu signed a three-year, $33 million contract with his hometown team, the New Orleans Saints.


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