Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence Reveals Pressures of Being a College Football Player

Published 12/22/2020, 1:30 PM EST
Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) smiles after the Tigers beat Notre Dame 34-10 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports


Clemson Tigers’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence is being touted as one of the top draft picks in the 2021 NFL draft. After an impressive high school football run, he was heavily recruited to join Clemson to play college ball for them.

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Lawrence is one of the most highly recruited and scrutinized players to enter the NFL in recent memory. ESPN’s NFL analyst Adam Schefter recently conducted an interview with NFL prospect Trevor Lawrence.

While being a highly recruited football prospect is very rewarding, Lawrence revealed a different side. He said that the life that he leads as a popular college player has put him in the public eye. And he is not entirely sure how to handle that.

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He said, “If someone could have an inside look on the stuff some of the players deal with, such as myself, it would be interesting to see how just an everyday person would deal with it. Especially a younger person.” 

In fact, Lawrence added that it can be extremely challenging to listen to the opinions of all the people around him. His performances can be severely hampered by them.

But Lawrence chooses to tune out the chatter from the outside world in order to perform to the best of his abilities.

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He claimed, “It is just crazy. I don’t think people understand the voices, the stuff we hear, the publicity, being on TV, all the things.

“It all just kind of accumulates and you have to eventually just shut it out.  And that is what I tried to do this year because it can be a lot if you pay too much attention to it.”

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Lawrence has had an excellent college football career so far. He joined Clemson in 2018 in order to pursue his dream of playing football. In 2018, he won the MVP of the Cottage Bowl Classic, to take the Tigers to the Playoffs.

Dec 19, 2020; Charlotte, NC, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs 34-yards for a touchdown against Notre Dame during the third quarter of the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

And in 2019, he won the National College Championship and was awarded the finals MVP for his excellent performances. This year, he took the Tigers to the championship game, but couldn’t get them the win.

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Lawrence will be one of the most highly recruited players in the NFL Draft next year. It is very possible that he walks out of the Draft as an upper-level first-round pick.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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