Much-inked NFL player Tyrann Mathieu is known for his tattoo collection. What’s the story behind Tyrann Mathieu’s Ganesha tattoo? 

Tyrann Mathieu’s Ganesha tattoo

Mathieu calls his Ganesha tattoo his “spirit elephant”, and says it is one of his favourite tattoos – as seen in the video below.

“I kind of think of an elephant as a guide. It also helps me with a lot of patience.”

When asked whether or not he believes in spirit animals, Mathieu replied: “I think I am a spirit animal”. His nicknames on the field include “the Honey Badger”.

Besides the Ganesha tattoo, Tyrann Mathieu’s skin features such characters as Zeus, Mohammed Ali, Bruce Lee and Malcolm X. 

He also has the words “above the top” on his thumb and forefinger in order to remind him never to get complacent.


Who is Tyrann Mathieu’s wife?

Tyrann Mathieu’s fiancée – not wife just yet – is Sydni Russell, whose stepfather is Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

Given that Mathieu plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, this means that Russell had one foot in each camp, guaranteeing her a personal win on Super Bowl day.

Sydni and Tyrann met while attending LSU in 2011. They have three children together, and plan to marry in the summer.

Russell is a businesswoman, but also a health advocate. Besides being the CEO of Jill Marie Baby Boutique – named in honour of her grandmother – she also advocates veganism via her Instagram page.

Tyrann Mathieu’s Super Bowl performance

During the Super Bowl yesterday, Mathieu and Tampa Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a heated exchange after the “Honey Badger” received a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a penalty call in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The exchange has already spawned a Twitter following of its own, with memes galore appearing on the microblogging platform.

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