Trevor Lawrence is going to be the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars no matter what. Nothing is going to change that, but his father did him no favors this week with his recent comments.
Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg released an interview on Wednesday that dove deep inside why Lawrence strives to be the best player on the field.
“I want to do it because I want to be the best I can be. I want to maximize my potential. Who wouldn’t want to? You kind of waste it if you don’t.”
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.”
“I just don’t have that. I can’t manufacture that. I don’t want to.” Marissa adds, “There’s also more in life than playing football.”
“Yeah,” Trevor says. “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.”
In the midst of that article was Lawrence’s father that made a comment that caught everybody’s attention.
“Trevor has always been like this. Everybody in the family says that off the football field, Marissa, who played soccer at Division II Anderson University, is more competitive than he is. His father says, “He’s not award-driven. He’s not, ‘I want to win a Super Bowl at all costs.’ ”
Trevor’s high school coach only made it worse.
“There is no doubt about it: With who he is as a person, he could walk away from it tomorrow and be fine.”
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