Much has been done in recent days on the statement of former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence during a Illustrated sports interview that he does not play with “that huge chip” on his shoulder.
Some members of the media have interpreted this to mean that Lawrence lacks an ingredient that some see as essential to success as an NFL quarterback.
But Lawrence and former teammate Amari Rodgers rebutted that claim on Saturday – Lawrence via Twitter and Rodgers via an interview at his football camp in downtown Greenville.
“It seems people are misinterpreting my sentiment,” Lawrence posted on his Twitter account. “I’m internally motivated – I love football as much or more than anyone. It’s a HUGE priority in my life, obviously. I am determined to be the best I can be and to maximize my potential. And to WIN.
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“I have a lot of confidence 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 am sure 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 I can be in everything I do. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk, lol. “
Lawrence, who guided Clemson to the 2018 National Championship and was the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is expected to be selected first in the 2021 NFL Draft later this month.
Meanwhile, Rodgers scoffed at the idea that Lawrence lacked the motivation required for professional success.
“He’s been the No.1 player his entire life so he’s never had that chip on his shoulder,” Rodgers said. “This is what he expects of himself. He expects to be the best every time he steps on the pitch.
“He expects to compete with the greatest power he has and that’s what he’s been doing since high school. So that’s really all he says. … He has this confidence and he believes in himself as he does. That’s what he’s going to continue to prove in the league, so I’m excited for that.
Rodgers, who was Lawrence’s favorite target last season, was an All-ACC receiver who should also be highly regarded in the NFL Draft.