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Trevor Lawrence clears up ‘controversial’ comments about perceived lack of love for football

Trevor Lawrence cleared up comments made in Sports Illustrated about his perceived lack of love for football that should silence the haters like Skip Bayless.

Let there be no doubt that Trevor Lawrence loves football and he wants you to know about it.

The media took some comments attributed to Lawrence from his father and high school coach about a lack of maniacal obsession with football and made grand statements that led to some questioning his future in the NFL.

In a Sports Illustrated interview, it was revealed that Lawrence doesn’t play with a chip on his shoulder and that he doesn’t need football to lead a fulfilling life.

“It’s hard to explain that because I want people to know that I’m passionate about what I do and it’s really important to me, but 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,”

“And I think people mistake that for being a competitor. I think that’s unhealthy to a certain extent, just always thinking that you’ve got to prove somebody wrong, you’ve got to do more, you’ve got to be better.”

That was received well from former players like Brandon Marshall and LaVar Arrington who said this was a humble stance from the projected No. 1 pick and a healthy mindset to have. Definitely not a red flag or character concern.

But it was enough for Skip Bayless and Nick Wright to wonder if Lawrence will be the next Ryan Leaf and be a tremendous bust in the NFL because he doesn’t eat, drink and sleep football to the point of developing an unhealthy addiction and obsession with the game.

How ridiculous, right?

Why would Lawrence have a chip on his shoulder? He’s worked hard to be the No. 1 recruit out of Cartersville High School where he won a state championship to a record-setting freshman season at Clemson that saw him win a national championship. Two more playoff appearances and a Heisman Trophy runner-up season in 2020 after he led the charge to play the season is all the evidence to know Lawrence loves football.

Trevor Lawrence clears the air over perceived lack of love for football

Lawrence took to Twitter to clear up any confusion about his comments that should give the talking heads another week of programming.

“It seems as if people are misreading my sentiment,” Lawrence tweeted. “I am internally motivated – I love football as much or more than anyone. It is a HUGE priority in my life, obviously. I am driven to be the best I can be, and to maximize my potential. And to WIN.”

“I have a lot of confidence in my work ethic, I love to grind and to chase my goals. You can ask anyone who has been in my life. That being said, I am secure in who I am, and what I believe. I don’t need football to make me feel worthy as a person. I purely love the game and everything that comes with it. The work, the team, the ups and downs. I am a firm believer in the fact that there is a plan for my life and I’m called to be the best I can be at whatever I am doing. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk lol.”

Not only does he love football but he puts in the work on the field, in the film room, in the training room and is a beloved teammate who’s been a coach’s dream.

He is the real deal, a certified no-brainer No. 1 pick worthy of comparisons to Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and John Elway.

I don’t want my quarterback to have an unhealthy obsession with football. Lawrence started a fundraiser to help raise funds for COVID-19 relief last spring when so many were in need of financial assistance. Was that a red flag because he wasn’t studying film of NC State?!

Should Lawrence not have gotten married this offseason so he could instead focus on his pre-draft work? Is he a character concern because he put his marriage at the forefront?

Bayless, Wright and other keyboard warriors will think so.

The rest of us with a brain will go about enjoying our weekend and looking forward to Lawrence carving up the NFL for as long as he wants.

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