Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu made a small but not-so-subtle change to his Twitter profile recently when he added these words.

"I've tried committing suicide. But I didn't, look at me now."

Mathieu has since removed the words because "I didn't think it would go viral," he said.

But the sentiment behind the words hasn't changed.

"I think the biggest thing is to be open about it," he said Tuesday after the first day of Cardinals minicamp at the team's practice complex. "Part of it is reaching out to others trying to help; part of it is self-counseling, talking about it, not shying away from it. Most people try to isolate themselves and
pretend like things are all good when a lot of times, that's not how it is."

The breaking point for Mathieu came as he sat in a jail after police searched his apartment and found marijuana during what would have been his third college season. Mathieu had already been kicked off LSU's football team for failing multiple drugs tests, and he felt his life and dreams crumbling beneath him.

"I'm sitting in that jail cell thinking, 'I don't know if I want to go back out there and face the music,' " he said. "I didn't know how I was going to commit suicide in the cell, but that was the direction my life was heading."

Unexpectedly encouraging words stopped him.