Much has been done in the last few days about earlier ones Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence Statement during a Sports Illustrated Interview that he doesn’t play with “that huge chip” on his shoulder.
Some media outlets have interpreted this to mean that Lawrence doesn’t have an ingredient that some consider essential to success like an NFL quarterback.
But both Lawrence and former teammate Amari Rodgers disproved that claim on Saturday – Lawrence via Twitter and Rodgers via an interview during his soccer camp in downtown Greenville.
“It seems like people are getting my feeling wrong,” wrote Lawrence on his Twitter account. “I am motivated internally – I love football as much or more than anyone else. It’s obviously a HUGE priority in my life. I strive to be the best that I can be and to maximize my potential. And to WIN.
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“I have great faith in my work ethic, I love grinding and pursuing my goals. You can ask anyone who has been in my life. That being said, I’m sure of who I am and what I believe in. I don’t need football to feel worthy as a person. I love the game and the work, the team, the ups and downs. I firmly believe that there is a plan for my life and I am called to be the best that I can be in everything I do. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk lol. “
Lawrence, who led Clemson to the 2018 national championship and was the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is expected to be number 1 overall in the 2021 NFL draft later this month.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Rodgers mocked the notion that Lawrence lacked the motivation required to be pro success.
“He’s been number 1 all his life, so he never had that chip on his shoulder,” Rodgers said. “He expects that of himself. He expects to be the best every time he steps on the field.
“He expects to compete with the greatest possible strength he has, and he has been doing that since high school. That’s really all he says. … He has this trust and believes in himself as he does. He’ll keep proving that in the league, so I’m looking forward to it. “
Rodgers, who was Lawrence’s most popular target last season, was an All-ACC recipient who is also expected to be highly regarded in the NFL Draft.