In what may seem trivial or perhaps even a kind gesture, Robert Griffin III may not realize the fact that a message received from him weighs heavily on the recipient. Such was the case last week when former LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu a.k.a "Honey Badger" posted a Twitter response to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the 2012.
@rgiii thanks for reaching out to me bro!! That was truly motivation & a inspiration! Much love
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 9, 2013
There are a multitude of professional athletes that have fallen from grace only to rise from the ashes to revive either a career, image or reputation.
Some are on a grand scale, no names mentioned, while others may have made a poor decision without thinking how their actions may effect not only their teammates but their future.
Mathieu was a standout cornerback at LSU in 2011—an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC.
Despite the accolades and awards, Mathieu's trouble began with a one-game suspension for violating the school's drug policy in October 2011.
Even with all of the success during his sophomore season, Mathieu's troubles followed him and LSU coach Les Miles announced prior to the 2012 NCAA season Mathieu had been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. The reason for the dismissal was never disclosed.
Speculation in the media was widespread and reports surfaced that Mathieu had entered a substance abuse treatment center after his withdrawal from LSU in August 2012. Several weeks passed and Mathieu re-enrolled only to be arrested, along with three former players from LSU, for marijuana possession.
Although Mathieu has two years of college eligibility, Mathieu visited the NCAA Senior Bowl last month and also announced his intention of accepting the invitation to participate in the NFL Combine which begins February 20 in Indianapolis.
The Twitter message RG3 sent Mathieu is not public but the response is not only a subtle reminder of the leadership skills Griffin possesses, but an understanding amongst these young professionals their mentor-like potential as role models.
RG3 turned 23 years old Feb. 12 and Mathieu will turn 21 on May 13. And despite adversity and obstacles, no matter what the circumstances, their future depends on lessons learned from their past.
Professional athletes are held in high esteem and live in a fishbowl of public and media scrutiny. Mistakes will be made. What's important is how one responds and bounces back that could matter the most. Stand up, dust oneself off and get back on your feet.
And when all is said and done, if RG3 took the time to send a message, don't you think you would look good in burgundy and gold? I imagine you would receive a warm welcome from Redskins fans as well.