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The Honey Badger

I Was the BEST PLAYER

at the NFL Combine

3/13/2013 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Honey Badger ain't modest ... not even a little bit ... 'cause the former LSU superstar football player tells TMZ he believes he was the BEST player at the NFL combine, period.

Tyrann Mathieu arrived in L.A. yesterday ... where he's all set to participate in a segment for ESPN's "Sports Science" ... but while he waited for his bags at LAX, the 20-year-old talked all about his upcoming career as an NFL pro.

Among the topics -- Mathieu told us which NFL team he wants to play for ... why he excelled at the combine ... and how he's focused on returning to greatness after his recent drug issues.

Tyrann had a rough year in 2012 ... getting kicked off the LSU football team for violating team rules. A few months later, he was arrested for drug possession.

But Honey Badger put together an impressive NFL combine last month -- running a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash ... and excelling in position drills.

He's projected to be drafted somewhere close to the 4th round -- but it's possible someone takes a chance on him early when the NFL Draft goes down in April.

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1.

ChitownCletus    

I hope his drug habbit is a thing of the past or we will be seeing that news feed 2 dozen times. "The Honey Badger over doses, beats wife, kids and dog.... Good Luck to ya!!

528 days ago
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pete shallac    

What kind of drugs?

528 days ago
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TNastyFunktown    

He got kicked off of LSU's team for REPEATED drug test failures and then got arrested for possession months later. On top of that, his attitude already sucks. Another arrogant player with a record and a bad attitude is the last thing the NFL needs, no matter how good he is.

528 days ago
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laffnbear    

He should think about building a sense of humility before the draft.

528 days ago
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jimmy d    

how does he run with that 13 inch chocolate rhythm stik?

528 days ago
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Vegas mommy    

It would be great if NO ONE drafts him!! He's a great player but he will never change

527 days ago
7.

me    

Honey Badger don't give a shhhhh

527 days ago
8.

Cat    

Who in the hell is this guy? Honey Badger? Is this Honey Boo Boo's big brother????

527 days ago
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haskel420    

I WONDER WHAT HIS FIRST ARREST WILL BE FOR..

527 days ago
10.

Joey    

I guess using drugs makes you a better athelete

527 days ago
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Gretchen    

Just what we need in the NFL, another druggie. He'd better get himself straightened out NOW!

527 days ago
12.

Toilethead    

Probably the biggest jerk and biggest potential mistake too.

527 days ago
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DetroitRocks    

The problem with him is that my mother can bench press more than he did. He is weaker than the kickers were

527 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Wow, reality is waiting to take a chunk out of his royal azz. IF he finds a team willing to take a chance with a druggie, that will be a miracle. Next, if he last a season, will be a shock. What do you think happens with a druggie with access to lots and lots of $$$$ and an adoring possee? (The group I mean..... Ok.... the other one as well applies)

527 days ago
15.

Murphman    

So whats your point homie. Some do crappy at the combine and go on to greatness like Tom Brady. 5 years from now this tool will prob have been booted from NFL for drugs. He'll get a reality show and feel important again.

527 days ago
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