Former LSU Tigers football player Tyrann Mathieu, center, was honored during the LSU game against Alabama on Nov. 5 for his commitment to donating $1 million to the Tiger Athletic Foundation. At left is foundation President and CEO Rick Perry and at right is LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.

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Former LSU Tigers football player Tyrann Mathieu was honored during LSU’s game against Alabama on Nov. 5 at Tiger Stadium for his commitment to donating $1 million to the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

The donation benefits the LSU Football Operation Center and establishes an endowed scholarship benefiting the football program.

“I am grateful to be in a position to help student-athletes by providing financial assistance by way of scholarships to LSU hopefuls. It is my hope that my donation will assist students who may not be able to afford a college education on their own. It’s important for me to give back to Louisiana and create positive change in the community,” said Mathieu, who now plays in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals.

As a Tiger, Mathieu was the most valuable player of the 2011 SEC championship game and received the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to college football’s outstanding defensive player.