“The Honey Badger” has spent the first six years of his career as one of the best safeties in the NFL, despite his 5-foot-9 frame. Mathieu was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Cardinals and spent his first five seasons with them before signing a one year contract with the Houston Texans last offseason.
Entering the NFL, Mathieu was known as a play-making safety who intercepted passes, forced fumbles and returned punts and kicks. In his six seasons, Mathieu has 13 interceptions and four forced fumbles, but only one punt return.
Mathieu’s best season was his 2015 campaign, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl and named first-team All-Pro. That season he had 89 tackles, with 11 tackles for loss and one sack. He also contributed five interceptions and 17 passes defensed while forcing one fumble.
This past year with the Houston Texans, Mathieu started all 16 games, getting 89 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defensed.