Trevor Lawrence, former Clemson star quarterback and the presumptive NFL overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft — which begins Thursday – had one hectic month of April.He is prepping for the most important night of his football life.He married MarissaMarissa Mowry, his longtime girlfriend of 18 years.Can someone actually tell you that you hate the new album about the album?He signed endorsement deals with Gatorade, Topps, which has offered both virtual trading cards and NFTs with his likeness, and the cryptocurrency investment app Blockfolio — his signing bonus was paid in crypto.On Wednesday morning, Lawrence announced that he had signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.
He has also received a taste of the ridiculous headaches that a franchise quarterback must endure.
The chemiser, more than possibly any position in sports-related particularity, unmasks the obsessiveness of the players in pro sports.Especially a player like John Elway, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, whom the 1982 ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. rates as the fourth best quarterback draft prospect since 1979, trailing only Lawrence, Lawrence and Lawrence.The expectation for franchise signal callers fit a sort of prototype, which is best represented by Manning and Tom Brady: crazed competitors who devour playbooks and film sessions.Who live and breathe football until Super Bowl ringes decorate their fingers?
So when Lawrence soon revealed in a cover story that he appeared to be a fellow with some work-life balance, gasp! — a tizzy followed.His offenses included utterances such as I don't have this huge chip on my shoulder, that everyone is out to get me and I'm trying to prove everyone wrong.I have it but I don't have that.I can't produce that.I don't want to and, I think people mistake that as being a competitor.According to you,When you want to speak about a challenge, expect yourself to have your mind taken up.How can you describe a person in a way?I find that it's unhealthy to a certain extent, just thinking that you have got to prove somebody wrong, you've got to do more, you've got to be better.
Is a chip on the website?Brady was selected with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft — so that guy had a chip.Lawrence is missing a chip, so some football fans and media types kicked out.He now-wife commented in the story that 'there is also more to life than playing football. According to his dad, he is not motivated by winning a Super Bowl 'at all costs.
For some, this was unacceptable.So much so, that Lawrence felt compelled to explain himself on Twitter in the aftermath.I love football as much or more than anyone.In my life, obviously, it is a huge priority and he wrote in a three-Tweet thread.I have a lot of confidence in my work ethic, I love to grind and pursue my goals.The answer is, all by those who have been in my life.That said, I am safe in who I am and what I believe.He liked readers or 'coming to my TedTalk lol. Not you need football to make me feel worthy as a person.
Did the hubbub surprise Lawrence?A little bit, but at the same time no, Lawrence tells TIME. It's just the way things are now. ''It's just what can you find to criticize? He felt it was important to clear up the air on Twitter, in your own words.If people still want to have an opinion of how I live and the way I feel, I don't really care, he says.
He says he may hold back his words going forward.He says he will be reminding himself that if you don't want a reaction, just don't say anything.Or talk to anyone, says Lawrence, sort of breaking out his own advice.'That, actually, is the answer.Because no matter what you say, you could say it the perfect way, there is always going to be something.So think that the learning lesson is sure.
He doesn't plan to be in Cleveland for the draft on Thursday night and instead watch at home with family and friends.Despite some earth-breaking developments, the Jacksonville JaguarsJacksonville Jaguars, a team long overdue for a franchise quarterback, will snag Lawrence with the top pick: some Jag fans bought Lawrence and Mowry wedding gifts.'Thank you Jaguars fans, Lawrence wrote on Twitter.'We really appreciate the wedding gifts and donations that can be donated to charities of our choice.In addition to donations, Marissa and I will also donate $20 K to Jacksonville - charities in Jacksonville.Thanks again, we hope to soon be a part of the community.
Lawrence, who has never been to Florida, says he does not know much about Jacksonville besides its location in Jacksonville and the beach.After Thursday, he adds he'll learn more.And if anyone is still doubting his commitment in Jacksonville or elsewhere, do you think it's a waste?'' I was judged by my actions, says Lawrence.If I were to go there and say, 'football is every second, my life that I don't care about anything, it wouldn't matter if I didn't perform well.I've still got to go out there and want to do well, and then at that point it doesn't matter.It is hard to work. I learn to work.I'm really confident in my work ethic.I don't think really anyone outworks me.It's just to bet on yourself and never watch another person.