Honey Badger: LSU's Tyrann Mathieu Will Pester Alabama in BCS Championship Game

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterJanuary 10, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has garnered an array of meaningful (or meaningless) monikers during his ascent to the top of our college football consciousness—pest of the SEC, devil of defense, All-American, Heisman Trophy finalist.

But none has stuck quite as well as that of "Honey Badger," and for good reason.

At least, reason enough to worry the Alabama Crimson Tide in Monday night's BCS National Championship Game at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Like the creature that rose to fame through Randall's YouTube narration, Mathieu is, in essence, a badass. He runs all over the place, chasing after creatures of all sorts—Ducks, Bulldogs, Wildcats, Hogs, Gators and even other Tigers.

He's just crazy.

He's the most fearless player in all of college football, forcing fumbles, intercepting passes and running back kicks with reckless abandon.

He really doesn't give a *$&%. He even runs backwards, but not usually in slow motion. He just takes what he wants, usually a football and usually to the end zone.

He has no regard for any of his opponents, even going so far as to research other players' mommas so he can talk trash about them on the field.

When Mathieu doesn't snag the ball himself, his teammates tend to swoop in to pick up the scraps.

And, of course, he gets right back up whenever he's knocked down. He's usually the smallest player on the field, though that hardly prevents him from being the most feared.

And if the Tide aren't careful, the Honey Badger himself might just eat them alive and take the crystal football for himself.



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