Tyrann Mathieu: "I want to play a big role"

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Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu says that he wants to play a big role for the team during his rookie season in the NFL.

Tyrann Mathieu has said that he wants to play a "big role" for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL season.

The former Heisman Trophy finallist made his league debut during the Cardinals' pre-season win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, taking his first NFL sack.

The safety told the NFC West side's website: "The expectations can never amount to mine. I want to play a big role.

"Everybody always has something to say, whether it's good or bad. I just leave it at that and do what I do best, which is play football."

Head coach Bruce Arians added: "He was all over the field. That's the way he's been practicing every day."

The 21-year-old was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of this year's draft, despite spending the 2012 college season suspended for violating team rules.

Tyrann Mathieu on August 2, 2012
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