Football Star Mathieu Commits $1 Million to TAF
BATON ROUGE — On Saturday, former LSU great, Tyrann Mathieu, was honored in Tiger Stadium during LSU football’s game against Alabama. Mathieu has committed $1 million to Tiger Athletic Foundation to benefit the LSU Football Operation Center and establish an endowed scholarship benefitting the LSU Football Program.
“This gift is a testament to Tyrann’s love of LSU and Tiger Football and his desire to provide opportunities for future Tigers to achieve their dreams,” said TAF CEO and President, Rick Perry.
Mathieu’s generous gift to Football Operations will touch and enrich the lives of current and future members of the LSU football team, and the endowed scholarship will play a vital role in ensuring that current and future student-athletes have the opportunity to earn an LSU degree.
“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 Tyrann Mathieu, former Tiger and current Arizona Cardinal.
During his time at LSU, Mathieu was named the most valuable player of the 2011 SEC Championship Game, and awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to college football’s outstanding defensive player.
“This gift from Tyrann is a wonderful act from someone that I have great respect and admiration for,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “I have always thought of Tyrann to be a generous person with a tremendous passion and love for his school. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished in the NFL and applaud him on this commitment to LSU.
Tyrann has been an example to our student-athletes on how to deal with adversity and come out on top. We watch with a big smile when we see the difference he’s making in young people’s lives across the country, especially in his hometown of New Orleans. We are very fortunate to call Tyrann Mathieu a LSU Tiger for life and we are so very thankful of the gift that he has committed to our great university.”
To learn more about the LSU Football Operations renovations, visit www.lsufootballops.com. To learn more about TAF scholarships, visit lsutaf.org or call (225) 578-4TAF.