"My best friend right now is honesty. I want to be as open as possible. I want people to trust me. I hold myself accountable," said Mathieu.
"I know what it's like to not have football, and not to be the center of attention, and I know what it's like to be humiliated. To go back down that road? Not a chance in this world. Not a chance in my lifetime again. But every day is a process. I'm not saying I'm totally there. But I'm taking strides every day to be the best person Tyrann can be.''
He noted he is still undergoing counseling, and has turned to mentors like former Tigers Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, and Jets' Darelle Revis, for guidance through the transition.