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SEC, Cal, Pitt lead the way on NFL’s All-Decade Team for 2010s

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Which conference has produced the best NFL talent over the past decade? Perhaps not too surprisingly, it has been the SEC. A total of 12 SEC players were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s. The SEC had one more player than the next best-represented conference, the ACC.

LSU and Wisconsin each had two players named to the NFL All-Decade team, with both Badgers representatives — defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Joe Thomas — being among the eight unanimous selections. LSU is represented by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

The schools that were most represented were California and Pittsburgh. Former Cal players on the team include Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Mack, and Cameron Jordan. Cal made up nearly half of the count for the Pac-12 (9 total players). Pitt’s four players — Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis, and LeSean McCoy — helped boost the ACC’s total as well.

To keep things simple, this count is based entirely on what conference schools reside right now. A number of players in the NFL may have played in a different conference than where their alma mater currently sits. Rather than go through and break down the list to include the old Big East, all players were counted under their school’s current conference affiliation. Two Division 2 conferences were represented in the count (Bloomsburg’s Jahri Evans for the PSAC and West Alabama’s Tyreek Hill for the Gulf South).

  • SEC – 12
  • ACC – 11
  • Pac-12 – 9
  • Big 12 – 6
  • Big Ten – 5
  • MAC – 3
  • American – 2
  • MWC – 2
  • Independents – 1
  • PSAC (D2) – 1
  • Gulf South (D2) – 1

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady joined some rare company by being named to his second all-decade team.

LSU naming players lounge after Tyrann Mathieu

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The legacy of LSU’s Honey Badger will live on in Baton Rouge.

As reported by The Advocate, LSU is renaming its football players lounge after one of the most popular defensive players to come through the program in recent years, Tyrann Mathieu. All that is needed to make the naming of the Mathieu Players’ Lounge official is approval from the school’s board of supervisors at a meeting later this month.

Mathieu’s run at LSU came to an unfortunate end with the star battling drug issues, but his impact and devotion to the program that stood by and supported him every way possible has since been rewarded in the form of a $1 million donation to fund the football complex. Mathieu is currently in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tyrann Mathieu donates $1 million to LSU

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Not so long ago, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was among the best players in college football. Unfortunately, demons off the field got in the way of allowing Mathieu to finish his collegiate years at LSU, leaving the school no choice but to remove him from the program so he could take care of himself. Fast forward a few years and Mathieu is enjoying life in the NFL and giving back to the school that made him a star even if things didn’t end as he would have liked.

Mathieu donated $1 million to the Tiger Athletic Foundation prior to yesterday’s SEC West battle with Alabama. The money donated will go toward the upgrade plans for the LSU football operations building. It was fitting that Mathieu’s donation was made public prior to the Alabama game, as he was a part of the last LSU team to hand Alabama a loss in the series in 2011. Of course, later that year, Mathieu’s LSU squad would lose the rematch in the BCS Championship Game. On Saturday night, LSU’s offense had the same kind of results the 2011 Tigers had in that title game.

This should be a good reminder that there are players and people out there that truly value what a school has done for them in college. Mathieu was made a star at LSU and that is clearly something he has not forgotten. Even though he was dismissed by the school, his contributions back to the school and football program are an acknowledgment that he would not be where he is today if not for LSU.