South Carolina Gamecocks DE Jadeveon Clowney is an athletic freak. The guy can straight up dominate the offensive line and make a quick trip to the quarterback — if he’s actually giving it his all. However, that has been the biggest knock against the freakishly-athletic defensive end — he seemingly packed it in during the 2013 season. He recently jabbed at his critics, claiming they probably never played football before.
Well, now that he has officially called out his haters, he has basically done it all. That is, until now. He has now come out with a statement saying that he would probably stay at school for his senior year if he was paid. Come on, man. That’s probably not what the NFL likes to hear.
There’s no doubt that Clowney didn’t give it his all during his junior season just because he knew a top draft choice was on the horizon. In fact, he had 54 tackles in 2012 and 23.5 of them resulted in a loss of yards — and one resulted in the loss of a helmet with the hit of the year. Clowney also finished with 13 sacks and three forced fumbles.
The 2013 season was a much different story. The big DE finished with just 40 tackles, 11.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks. Those are good numbers for anyone else, but Clowney has the potential to be the best defensive player in this year’s draft — and he likely is. We can’t forget how he took himself out of games because of injuries even though the team doctor said he could play.
However, he shouldn’t be worried about what others are thinking. If he really is as good as he thinks he is, then it’s time to start acting like it. Don’t worry about what haters are saying.
Moreover, if you’re talking about staying in college if you were paid, then you obviously only care about money.
It’s time Clowney starts playing for the love of the game instead the love of the pay.
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