Trevor Lawrence passes on draft invitation

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The NFL’s ultimate reality show will be missing its biggest star in 2021.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has passed on the invitation to attend the draft in Cleveland, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lawrence will instead watch the draft at Clemson with a few family members and friends.

Good for Lawrence. While some will chafe at the notion that he’s not willingly participating in pro football’s annual made-for-TV extravaganza, Lawrence and all other players invited to the draft have the right to say no.

Soapbox alert: They all should say no unless and until they’re offered an appearance fee. As long as some will go for free — and they will, brainwashed by the notion that it’s an “honor” to have your employer pick you and not the other way around — none will get compensated for enhancing the TV production by showing up.

Everyone connected to the production is getting paid, except them. Just like in college.

But it’s not college anymore. Attendance isn’t mandatory. So good for Lawrence and anyone else who decides not to start their careers as pros by continuing to make money for others while getting nothing for themselves.

60 responses to “Trevor Lawrence passes on draft invitation

  1. Soapbox alert: They all should say no unless and until they’re offered an appearance fee. As long as some will go for free — and they will, brainwashed by the notion that it’s an “honor” to have your employer pick you and not the other way around — none will get compensated for enhancing the TV production by showing up.

    Everyone connected to the production is getting paid, except them. Just like in college.

    But it’s not college anymore. Attendance isn’t mandatory. So good for Lawrence and anyone else who decides not to start their careers as pros by continuing to make money for others while getting nothing for themselves.
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  2. Wow bitter perspective there Mike. You didn’t need the venom. You had me at “Lawrence and all other players invited to the draft have the right to say no.”

  3. He’s a lock at #1 but what about the players who don’t get picked early and have to sit and wait? I wouldn’t attended either.

  4. This whole thing here shows a complete misunderstanding of what these guys get paid for. The popularity of the league is why these able to make so much money. Draft night promotes the league. They are being paid for going to events like this.

    They have the right to go or not go, but to mKe this some bs issue when there is 1000s of real issues to attack the nfl over is dumb.

  5. What’s the point of sitting through draft night knowing you’ll be #1? Plus, he can drink more at home.

  6. Weather in Cleveland is iffy, plus he would have to deal with Dopey Ohio St fans. Dont blame him 1 bit, in addition, to what Florio stated as well.

  7. Can’t blame him for skipping Cleveland. If it was Vegas he’d already be there.

  8. Spoiler alert, he isn’t dedicated to the NFL live much like Luck who never planned to play long in NFL.

  9. I think Mr Lawrence should reconsider… As far as I know, none of his parents and/or siblings have died tragically yet and it might not be a great idea to jinx them.

    Some might call it a coincidence, but if anyone watched the draft last year they’d have noticed the trend that EVERY athlete who didn’t attend in person and was drafted over the phone ALL had close family members die. They even did individual video packages about the players family members who died. (Some of the video packages showed football highlights but mostly focused on the deaths)

    Maybe there is no connection between players who watch the NFL draft from home and dead family members… but after last year’s draft it’s enough to make one think twice.

    I’d show up… for my family if nothing else.

  10. The only problem with your soapbox is that players are being paid for the draft. Revenues are shared with the players. More Draft money is more money for the players.

    I wouldn’t go either but (hot take) some players absolutely live for moments they are the center of attention.

  11. Mike, did you ever think maybe some players like going to an even that highlights one of the biggest moments of their life? I have nothing at all against Lawrence for wanting to stay home with a group of people. But what about the players that don’t want to sit home? They and their families are treated like stars for a weekend. Should they be neglected this opportunity because you feel they should be paid for it? Should they be forced to sit in their living room with a camera crew just to prove a point?

  12. Soapbox alert: Colleges should stop paying players to play for their programs. Corrupt to the core. Players that can’t pass basic literacy tests should not be in college.

  13. Seems pretty logical too! Why fly from South Carolina, all the way up to Cleveland, and then down to Jacksonville for the obligatory press conference wearing your Jaguards jersey and ballcap? Seems more fun to pack up the family in the SUV and make the sweet 4 hour road-trip down to Florida!

  14. Maybe know someone has something on him that’s about to drop so doesn’t want to be embarrassed sitting there while he falls in the draft. Or, doesn’t want to have to go on stage and have to fake being thrilled about being drafted by the Jags.

  15. I dislike the idea of making money the focus of everything. But if you must go there, players are given an expenses paid opportunity for self promotion to a national audience. That can’t hurt when trying to get endorsement deals. There is value in that.

  16. Overthinking this. Packerbacker has it right. Clemson is closer to Jax, why would he go out of his way?

  17. Skipping the draft is gnarled, Joe Thomas going fishing with his dad instead of going to the draft of iconic. I’m still expecting cameras at Clemson and Lawrence kissing his fiancé for the cameras. Dude getting engaged in his early 20’s before getting picked #1 overall is a red flag

  18. During a pandemic? Go to Cleveland for…..what? The guy already has more attention and name recognition than any normal human being should ever want.

  19. C’mon, Man! You’re the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and you’re NOT going to show up on Draft night?! I’m sorry, but that’s WEAK! You’re living a dream and will make MILLIONS to play the sport you love. Step up and REPRESENT!!!

  20. I’m not sure if I would show up, either…..heck, who am I’m kidding? I would do it in a heartbeat for the fun/experience of attending. Plus, it’s about their “brand,” going forward.

    I’m not so concerned about them not being paid! They will be just fine. The rest or majority of their teammates aren’t going to be making millions, period. Those invited are going to be millionaires off the back’s of their peers. Those who helped get them there without due compensation is who I feel for……

  21. In Covid times all bets are off. It’s too bad he’s passing it up, but it’s his choice. As more players do this, perhaps untimely less people will watch too. Players should be looking at this as a loss leader strategy. Sure you’re not making any immediate money by attending, but this is your first chance to showoff your brand and potentially increase ones revenue stream. Once upon a time the draft wasn’t televised at all and there was no green room. Somehow everyone still survived.

  22. But it’s not college anymore. Attendance isn’t mandatory.

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    Yep, if there’s one thing you can say about college athletes – they never miss class.

  23. Well the good thing is that a lot of Americans that pay for their college tuition to play a sport,not get a degree,then get turned into idols for it. Have also realized that idolizing men that would wear a rapists name on his head isn’t Nobel either. Sports are fun to watch but they are just games and players aren’t any better than the rest of us. Yes he has a right to skip the show,but turning into some players aren’t appreciated with money enough diatribe is rich to say the least.

  24. Reduce first round pay by 25%. Add it back as an ‘appearance fee’. Done and done.
    If you really don’t want to go, don’t go. You will still make millions. Just a bit less.

    First rounders get paid millions because the NFL promotes promotes promotes. Attending showcases the NFL and boosts revenue which boosts contracts.

    Not rocket science.

  25. A young kid has worked hard his entire life, and now he’s getting ready to cash in and become an instant multi-millionaire. Why spend the occasion with a bunch of strangers? There is going to be plenty of time for that. And why be irresponsible and risk spreading the covid virus with needless travel? The kid is showing some maturity. This should be a family affair, anyway. He obviously got to this position with a lot of support from his family.

  26. Lawerence has the clout the change this showing up for free BS. He should keep it quite and say something on zoom when drafted.

  27. I hear ya, Mike. It should all be about equity. So the players should pay a fee for the free publicity, eh? After all, the sponsors have to pay to promote their brand, why not the players?

  28. The only reason to watch or attend the draft in person is to see the players hug Roger Goodell.

  29. I’m a fan. I enjoy the draft and I like seeing the players come out and hug Roger. It’s all part of the schtick. Lawrence’s refusal is a slap to the face of the fans, not a big slap but a slap just the same. The players in all sports get less likable every year.

  30. March 28, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    I hear ya, Mike. It should all be about equity. So the players should pay a fee for the free publicity, eh? After all, the sponsors have to pay to promote their brand, why not the players?

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    What are you even talking about? You actually think a professional league should put on a show that makes millions and not pay the participants? Sponsors are selling something, the player is just getting an employer who will pay the same either way.

  31. Fly across the country to an event to be selected in the first few minutes of? Pass. Unpaid? Pass. Cleveland? Nuff said.

  32. Trevor is a fool. His NFL career could last 20 years or one game. He should be promoting himself whenever possible.

  33. Theres still a pandemic going on. Good for him for not traveling for some event that in no way needs to be done in person.

  34. “Honor” no it is an honor to have your name called at that stage. It’s year of hard work all coming into fruition. When did it change to being all about money to make an appearance?

  35. The players choose to be employed by the NFL, and the NFL can organize the dissemination of talent as they see fit. The players don’t have to play, and it IS and honor to be anointed as a multi-millionaire superstar for playing a sport, as Lawrence already has been.

    He’ll be paid handsomely without demanding appearance fees for draft night, where his feature will be over in the first 15 minutes of a three day event.

    Is he also supposed to charge for autographs??

  36. Good on you for not being a sheep Trevor, live to make your own decisions for what makes you happy and nothing else.

  37. High character. Someone who picks being with his family and some close friends show that Trevor is not attention seeking diva. He is real.

  38. Since his first biggest step in life was to enter collage, he most likely did that with family and maybe some close friends by his side.

    Now Sharing the next biggest step in life with family and close friends at his side is perfectly ok with me. Tells me a lot about his character…… good luck to this young man in his future…

  39. His appearance fee is baked into the projected $35 million dollar fully guaranteed contract he’s about to sign. And Jacksonville can have someone in finance do his expense report so…

  40. He should REALLY stick it to the NFL and not allow cameras at his house either. And just send a telegraph afterward saying “Excited to be a Fighting Jaguar!”

  41. BuckyBadger says:
    March 28, 2021 at 10:47 pm
    March 28, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    I hear ya, Mike. It should all be about equity. So the players should pay a fee for the free publicity, eh? After all, the sponsors have to pay to promote their brand, why not the players?

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    What are you even talking about? You actually think a professional league should put on a show that makes millions and not pay the participants? Sponsors are selling something, the player is just getting an employer who will pay the same either way.

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    What are you talking about? Player will get that employer either way. He should be paid to have to show up to something that does nothing for him but makes others millions.

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