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Trevor Lawrence: ‘I’m not looking for things to motivate me’

Clemson' Trevor Lawrence runs for a 17-yard touchdown past Virginia Tech's Brion Murray during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)
Clemson' Trevor Lawrence runs for a 17-yard touchdown past Virginia Tech's Brion Murray during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Trevor Lawrence wants to make one thing clear.

He is very, very motivated.

A Sports Illustrated article last week caused some to interpret Lawrence’s comments and mindset as he could take it or leave it in the NFL. His demeanor, despite a national championship and a 34-2 record as Clemson’s quarterback, was written off as too relaxed and not focused enough to thrive in the league.

Lawrence clarified those in a series of tweets last week but expanded on that in an interview with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN on Friday.

Don’t confuse Lawrence’s demeanor and focus outside of football with a lack of motivation.

“For me, it was more so, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove. Not because of what I’ve done or the success I’ve had, but just my personality. That’s not how I operate. I’m internally motivated. I’m not looking for things to motivate me, you know, I have it all, all inside. I got goals, aspirations, dreams to be the best I can be, and it’s really just love the game,” Lawrence said.

“And that was kind of the message … was more, I just love playing the game, not motivated by other people. It’s really just an internal motivation and I don’t put my whole worth in football. And people take that and spin it into whatever they want, but it just means if football went away, you know, I’d find something else to do, I still have a great life and enjoy my life. But football is where my heart’s at, it’s what I’ve love to do, it’s what I’ve loved since I was six years old. This has been my dream forever.”

The Jaguars are poised to take Lawrence No. 1 overall in next week’s draft. He is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the modern draft era, pegged as a player in line with Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Lawrence led Clemson to a national title as a true freshman and never lost a regular season game with the Tigers. In high school at Cartersville, Lawrence was 52-2 as a starter and won two state championships.

“Like I said, actions always speak louder than words. I play the long game. Like, it doesn’t really matter if I say that, or if would have said football is everything to me, I’m never going to focus on anything else, never going to think about anything else. Still got to go out and perform, play well,” Lawrence said.

“It doesn’t really matter either way. So, for me, I’m putting all my eggs in the basket of me performing well and doing what I do, what I say and just living up to expectations I have for myself not what other people have for me.”


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.