Trevor Lawrence Responds To Critics Who Questioned His Work Ethic And Motivation

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Trevor Lawrence is headed to the Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft and he doesn’t want you to get it twisted. The former Clemson gunslinger and his father made some comments last week that raised some eyebrows and took to Twitter on Saturday to set the record straight.

On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated released Michael Rosenberg’s cover story on Lawrence which discussed his relationship with football at length and caused quite the stir. In the piece, the 21-year-old talks about wanting to be the best player he can be on the field, but believes that trying to prove people wrong is “unhealthy.”

In one part of the interview he said, “I don’t have this huge chip on my shoulder, that everyone’s out to get me and I’m trying to prove everybody wrong,” which is actually a very stable approach to superstardom and becoming a professional athlete. There is a lot of scrutiny and “haters” that come with the role and Lawrence is not worried about them, but worried about himself and what he can control instead.

Later in the article, his father made a comment that caused many NFL fans’ brains to break, saying that “he’s not award-driven. He’s not, ‘I want to win a Super Bowl at all costs.'” Lawrence’s high school coach also added that he could “walk away from football tomorrow and be fine.”

Rosenberg’s interview was actually quite refreshing, but the comments, of course, caused the internet to explode. Some people wondered what the reaction would be like if Justin Fields had said something similar— which is a very fair and illuminating train of thought. However, fans also began to question his work ethic and desire to win— which is just ridiculous.

Lawrence saw the scrutiny and decided to address it directly.

It’s pretty absurd to question a quarterback who lost his first career game in the National Championship as a sophomore and went back to the title game as a junior, but that’s the world we live in. Lawrence will be just fine.