Tyrann Mathieu Looks Back Ten Years at the ‘Toughest Game’ He Has Ever Played; LSU vs. Alabama

Published 11/06/2021, 10:55 AM EDT


Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu recalled his best-ever college football game, i.e. LSU vs. Alabama on its 10-year anniversary on Twitter. As he claimed, it to be the ‘toughest game’ he has ever played in his football career.

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It was 2011 when LSU Tigers locked horns with Alabama Crimson Tide in a defensive battle that featured 45 future NFL draftees. The crowd was energetic yet anxious at the Bryant-Denny Stadium on a memorable night that lived up to the hype to be called the best College ‘Game of the Century’.

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Tyrann Mathieu recalling LSU vs. Alabama

“It was probably the most hyped atmosphere that I’ve ever experienced around a game, maybe even including a national championship game,” recalled Barrett Jones, former Alabama offensive lineman. “I mean, it was such a buzz around campus… It was really crazy. Every time you turned on any kind of sports network, they were talking about it, breaking down every aspect of it. It felt a whole lot different than any regular-season game I’ve ever been a part of.”

Tigers’ defense was guarded by the star Tyrann Mathieu, who had been a pain for the Tide offense to deal with. “Everybody kept on asking me Mathieu this, Mathieu,” wide receiver Marquis Maze exclaimed. “I’m like, ‘Y’all acting like my name ain’t Marquis.’ I got tired of hearing it. He made a lot of plays that year with strips and punt returns, but he hadn’t played anybody like me and our team.”

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LSU finally won the game in a late overtime drama with the final score of 6-9 after Drew Alleman scored a 25-yard field goal.

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“I was like, ‘What in the world is this?” Alabama running back Trent Richardson recalled. “I’ve got people telling me ‘F-you,’ giving me the finger, mooning me. It was all ‘You ain’t nothing’ and ‘We’re going to whoop you’ and ‘Geaux Tigers!’ They got my number somehow, and from there it was non-stop.”

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“I actually feel bad for Nick [Saban] and Miss Terry because they get it every year,” Richardson said. “They get onto them the worst. Every single time we play them, they are on them.”

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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