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Top pick in NFL draft is a man of strong faith

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the top pick in last week’s NFL draft is grounded in his Christian faith. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the former Clemson University player with the first pick of the first round.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who coached Lawrence for three seasons, told the Sports Spectrum podcast that the Jaguars are getting a special player. Lawrence led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff three straight seasons, winning the national championship in 2018.


“The good Lord was in a good mood when he made him,” Swinney said. “He must have had football on His mind that day, because, man, you look up the epitome of quarterback, he’s just the poster child in every area. But what I love about him more than anything is he’s faith-driven. He has built his life on a foundation of faith. He has a great mom and dad, great people around him, but he’s strong in his faith. He’s an inside-out kid.

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“In this world of outside-in, you know, people are paralyzed by other people’s opinions and what some person says on social media and all this stuff. He’s not affected by that.”

The 6-foot-6 Lawrence has no weaknesses as a quarterback, Swinney said.

“If there are 100 boxes on the wish list of a quarterback, he checks them all,” Swinney said. ” He’s got size. He’s tough. He’s a leader. He’s smart. He prepares. He loves to prepare. He’s a grinder. He’s humble. Even though he looks like Hollywood, there’s no Hollywood in him.”

Asked what he would tell Lawrence and other Clemson players who are drafted, Swinney said, “Don’t ever let the light on you become brighter than the light in you. Be who you are. Be who God created you to be.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice