KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Snubbed for the Pro Bowl, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, better known to many as the Honey Badger, is offering a stern rebuttal.
Mathieu was announced Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December.
Last month, Mathieu, also known as "The Landlord" in the Chiefs' secondary, snatched two of his four interceptions on the season. He could have had even more, finishing December with six passes defensed and 25 tackles.
Mathieu, who was the biggest free-agent acquisition of the Chiefs' offseason defensive overhaul, also recorded a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and a sack last month.
Mathieu, who previously played for Arizona and Houston, signed a three-year deal worth $42 million in March.
Coincidentally, December was also the month Mathieu found out he once again wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl.
Of course, Honey Badger don't care (so much), because he helped lead the Chiefs to six straight wins, five of them coming in December.
That includes a 31-21 win against the Los Angeles Chargers in the season finale, which helped the Chiefs clinch the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC and a first-round postseason bye.
Mathieu and the Chiefs return to action Sunday, Jan. 12, in the AFC Divisional playoffs.