Mathieu to media at NFL Combine: “What I am asking for is an opportunity”

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu looks on during practice for the BCS championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 5, 2012

Obviously, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was the main attraction for reporters at the NFL Combine this weekend.

Yet, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is also on an antonement tour at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.

First, Mathieu sat down with ESPN’s Joe Schad for his perfunctory mea cupla interview in early January. Next, he made a visit to Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl to try and improve his standing with NFL scouts. Finally, he’s enduring a grilling from league execs about whether he’s truly matured after being booted from the Tigers in early August for a reported third failed drug test and was later arrested in October at his off-campus apartment where for four former and current LSU players were found with 10 bags of marijuana and scales.

Here’s an exerpt from his media session with reporters on Sunday, as reported by The Washington Post:

“I’m not totally asking them to trust me right now. But what I am asking is for them to give me an opportunity to play the game again. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on it, especially without football. So, really, it’s given me a new outlook on life and just about being the right kind of person.”

 Mathieu, though, doesn’t go through a battery of tests until the DB’s group takes the field on Tuesday.