Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) against the New Orleans Saints prior to kickoff of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrann Mathieu Records First Interception in Return to Louisiana (GIF)

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu made a number of big plays in Louisiana during his abbreviated career with the LSU Tigers, and in his first game back in the Pelican State snatched his first career interception vs. the New Orleans Saints.

(Gif Courtesy Deadspin)

Mathieu has been one of the team’s best players on defense despite missing his junior season at LSU and recorded seven and six tackles in his first game including a forced fumble of St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook when he was about to score a touchdown.

The Cardinals trail the Saints in the fourth quarter, but Mathieu can always saw his first career interception came vs. a future hall of fame quarterback in Drew Brees.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. The Cardinals lost to the Saints 31-7. Mathieu was second on the team in tackles finishing with a career-high 10 tackles with nine being solo stops and also had a pass deflection to go with his first interception. His former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson had just two tackles

The twitterverse reacted to the Honey Badger’s first career interception:

This promises to be the first of many interceptions in the NFL career of Mathieu.

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  • Trey Parker

    Honeybadger don’t care. He just makes plays. Les should have kept him!

    • Patrick Schmidt

      Agree on that first part. Not so sure about that last part. From a fan standpoint, then yes it would have been great to keep him on the team. But then from an unbiased standpoint he didn’t fulfill his obligations to be a part of such a prestigious program. I’m thrilled beyond words to see him succeeding so soon in his NFL career and that he’s on the right path. Always a Tiger.

    • Patrick Schmidt

      He’s arguably been the Cardinals best player on defense through the first three games. They gave up a lot of yards via the air to Brees and Jimmy Graham, but who hasn’t? 3 games in and 3 big plays. He’s gonna make a lot of teams regret passing him over in the draft. Guaranteed.