Trevor Lawrence says he would “never” sit out a bowl game

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is talented enough that he could have been the first overall pick in the NFL draft this year, or could be next year — except that NFL rules say he’s not eligible for the drafter until 2021. But Lawrence says there’s no way he’ll sit out to save himself for the pros.

In fact, not only would Lawrence not sit out a season, he insists he’ll never even sit out a game. Lawrence told ESPN he wouldn’t sit out the last bowl game of his last year in college.

“Sitting out bowl games and stuff, that’ll never be me,” Lawrence said. “You won’t have to worry about writing those stories.”

Lawrence isn’t shy about his ambitions in the NFL.

“I want to be the best to ever play quarterback,” Lawrence said.

But he’ll have two more years in college before he can play in the NFL. And he says they’ll be two full years, bowl games and all.

37 responses to “Trevor Lawrence says he would “never” sit out a bowl game

  1. Good thing that will never be an issue for him, because the only bowl games he will see are the College Football Playoff games, and no QB would voluntarily sit those out.

  2. Good for him. I’n only almost 40, but I remember when kids played college football for the love of the game and for the chance to win Bowl games. Now they come in as freshmen and are already only worried about how much money they can make (besides what the colleges are paying them on the side).

  3. I really like the guy but that is easy to say now.

    One, your are much less likely to have a bad injury playing QB vs. other postions and two, it is a pretty good bet your are going to be in the college football playoffs for the next two years playing for a national title instead of the cheese wiz bowl in somewhere BFE.

  4. Trevor Lawrence seems like a good kid, but it’s still too early to crown him the next greatest QB of all time.

  5. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is talented enough that he could have been the first overall pick in the NFL draft this year

    No way he would have been the top pick, he’s 19 years old…sheesh.

  6. I’m glad to hear him day that. These athletes get full scholarships to play for these schools and I think they owe it to them to play every game they are able to play. It’s only right. If they are afraid of injury, maybe they should play chess.

  7. brazy44 says: June 13, 2019 at 10:36am
    “Qb’s don’t risk injury on every snap like other positions and don’t get hit on every play. Already hate this guy.”

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    What small-mindedness! You hate the guy because he answered question regarding himself and his position? If your team gets the first overall pick in 2021, tell them you hate him.

  8. Very refreshing to hear…

    I’m guessing there are not a lotta hall of famers out there who had the mentality that they needed to sit out a bowl game to protect themselves…some players love Football…some don’t!!! I prefer the ones that love the game…

  9. Easy to say as a QB. He should sit out all of next year. The 3 year rule is stupid and only holds back those with exceptional talent in favor to those who aren’t as talented.

  10. jkossrt says:
    June 13, 2019 at 11:12 am
    I’m glad to hear him day that. These athletes get full scholarships to play for these schools and I think they owe it to them to play every game they are able to play. It’s only right. If they are afraid of injury, maybe they should play chess.
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    They don’t owe them anything. The money they make the school’s exceed the price of scholarships if I’m not mistaken.

  11. Every single person on here applauding him for this stance will be mocking him in 2 years if he gets hurt in one of those games and squanders his opportunity as the #1 pick.

  12. This kid is going to be the biggest and most sought after draft prospect in SPORTS HISTORY. Multiple teams will tank for him. I predict atleast one 0-16 team in 2020.

  13. BuckyBadger says:
    June 13, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    Easy to say as a QB. He should sit out all of next year. The 3 year rule is stupid and only holds back those with exceptional talent in favor to those who aren’t as talented.
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    So you’re saying more talented, harder working people should be rewarded for it? Congratulations you’re a capitalist.

  14. Good for him. Bowl games are special for college players, most of whom will never sniff the NFL. Shame on those who advocate and encourage players to abandon the team and quit on their teammates for the pros. Coaches spent hours recruiting and developing them only to see them quit for selfish reasons. Careers can be lost.

  15. The odds of injuring yourself in a bowl game are no more than any other game. You could just as easy injure yourself in practice or walking to your car in the morning. You can’t live life in fear.

  16. granadafan says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    Good for him. Bowl games are special for college players, most of whom will never sniff the NFL. Shame on those who advocate and encourage players to abandon the team and quit on their teammates for the pros. Coaches spent hours recruiting and developing them only to see them quit for selfish reasons. Careers can be lost.
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    You do understand that when players make it to the NFL, it actually helps recruiting? And I hope it’s also understood that your teammates will never think of you as quitting on them for looking out for you and your family. These guys usually come from similar backgrounds and understand what’s at risk. Fans think so much differently than the actual athletes.

  17. JPOH33 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    The odds of injuring yourself in a bowl game are no more than any other game. You could just as easy injure yourself in practice or walking to your car in the morning. You can’t live life in fear.
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    Agreed. Or get hurt training for the NFL combine.

  18. youngnoize says: June 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    afraid of injury, maybe they should play chess.
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    They don’t owe them anything. The money they make the school’s exceed the price of scholarships if I’m not mistaken
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    That’s only for a few elite schools and most of them are sports first and academics last (SEC). The vast majority of them operate in the red. The revenue sports are used to other sports programs as well.

  19. and if he’s unfortunate enough to wear purple he’ll never have to worry about sitting out a superbowl

  20. jimnaizeeum says:
    June 13, 2019 at 11:01 am
    Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is talented enough that he could have been the first overall pick in the NFL draft this year

    No way he would have been the top pick, he’s 19 years old…sheesh.
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    Kyler Murray has a ton of potential. But compared to a guy with classic QB measurables, loads of potential, and just led a team to an NCAA championship as a freshman, you’d have had a boatload of teams willing to trade with Arizona for that first pick. GMs love potential when it comes in shiny packages. Trevor Lawrence may be the shiniest QB package since Luck.

  21. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    BuckyBadger says:
    June 13, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    Easy to say as a QB. He should sit out all of next year. The 3 year rule is stupid and only holds back those with exceptional talent in favor to those who aren’t as talented.
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    So you’re saying more talented, harder working people should be rewarded for it? Congratulations you’re a capitalist.

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    I always have been. I have seen you in favor of this rule that holds back the talented people which is very socialist of you.

  22. JPOH33 says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    The odds of injuring yourself in a bowl game are no more than any other game. You could just as easy injure yourself in practice or walking to your car in the morning. You can’t live life in fear

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    Injuries can happen anywhere but walking to your car and playing football aren’t the same. Not playing in a bowl game takes that risk out no matter how you want to state it. Players have lost their career playing in meaningless games that only make other people rich.

  23. Buy an insurance policy and go play in the XFL. He would generate a lot of buzz for the XFL and could demand a big payday. He would be even more pro ready when he would be eligible for the NFL draft in 2021.

  24. I’d want him leading my team, but not because of these comments. He’s going to be the hottest prospect since Andrew Luck. I won’t play the prediction game and say he’s going to be any good, but I would absolutely take him on my team if it needed a starting QB.

  25. Good for him. But who cares. I have zero problems with other players and positions who do want to sit out bowl games. 95% of the time, the bowl game is essentially a meaningless exhibition. It’s more or less as important as a pre-season game. Let’s see what happens when he gets closer to draft time, and his body sees some wear and tear.

  26. This kid made Alabama’s defense look like a JV squad and he’s only 19. If he stays healthy he will easily be the hottest QB prospect since Andrew Luck the year he declares and a lead pipe lock #1 overall pick.

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