Trevor Lawrence explains his comments about not having a chip on his shoulder

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Trevor Lawrence possibly has a chip on the shoulder regarding his claim that he doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder.

Earlier this afternoon, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft and the man regarded as the best prospect since at least Andrew Luck addressed his comments to Sports Illustrated in which he explained that he’s driven by a desire to be great but not by anyone who would suggest that he isn’t great.

“It seems as if people are misreading my sentiment,” Lawrence said in a three-part tweet. “I am internally motivated — I love football as much or more than anyone. It is a HUGE priority in my life, obviously. I am driven to be the best I can be, and to maximize my potential. And to WIN. I have a lot of confidence in my work ethic, I love to grind and to chase my goals. You can ask anyone who has been in my life. That being said, I am secure in who I am, and what I believe. I don’t need football to make me feel worthy as a person. I purely love the game and everything that comes with it. The work, the team, the ups and downs. I am a firm believer in the fact that there is a plan for my life and I’m called to be the best I can be at whatever I am doing.”

His explanation meshes, for the most part, with the comments made to Sports Illustrated. And as to the notion of assigning “anyone who has been in my life,” SI already did.

“He’s not award-driven. He’s not, ‘I want to win a Super Bowl at all costs,'” his father said.

“With who he is as a person, he could walk away from it tomorrow and be fine,” his high-school coach said.

So he’s extremely driven to be great in a healthy way. But his life doesn’t revolve around football. And he lacks the unhealthy obsession with proving people wrong or rectifying every slight that may come his way.

Maybe he’ll acquire it. The mere fact that reactions to his comments prompted him to explain them shows that he hears criticism, and that it bothers him. That’s the first step toward using that criticism as part of the reason to show up early, to stay late, and to bust his ass every second in between — and then some.

21 responses to “Trevor Lawrence explains his comments about not having a chip on his shoulder

  1. Twitter is the dumbest thing on the planet. He doesn’t owe that weirdo crowd a thing.

  2. “ I am driven to be the best I can be, and to maximize my potential. And to WIN”… dude you’re going to Jacksonville, the taint of the NFL, you won’t do a lot of winning

  3. “With who he is as a person, he could walk away from it tomorrow and be fine,”

    Sounds like the Andrew Luck comparison is apt.

  4. Oh man please stop mentioning him in the same sentence as that quitter Andrew Luck

  5. Huge red flag, the kid does not possess the proper delusions to make it in the NFL.

  6. This is that really crazy time of the year for the NFL: Right before the draft and off-season workouts are due to begin.
    Everything a draft prospect says is magnified X20, and the veterans are getting restless about attending OTA’s.

  7. Twitter is full of bored teenagers and trolls. Why the media pays so much attention to it is beyond me.

  8. Luck wrote the new script. Teams better make sure they protect their own assets or these kids will take that first hundred mill and retire early. Lawrence is not in the same stratosphere as luck talent or knowledge wise. He may become it. The Jags? Winning? With Urb? Lol good luck. Dont skip leg day. Gonna be running for your life by game 2.

  9. I can’t wait to see the Colts defense devour his soul next season and question his will to live. He is the number 1 target.

  10. I like when somebody says football is not who they are but rather what they do. Anyone that does not make it their identity is able to lean on talent and work ethic will allow themselves balance in life down the road. Sounds healthy to me.

  11. This kid is the resl deal. Some of the comments on this thread are just pathetic

  12. There’s a big difference between listening to feedback and letting someone get under your skin.

  13. He gave an honest, coherent answer. Football is important, he takes it serious but its still just a game and in the scheme of things (ie Covid) its not the end all, be all in his life. No different than anyone else in a different profession striving to maintain a work/life balance.

    Applaud him for having his priorities in order and being man enough stand up on them

  14. etched., Timpan B is still ticked by being drafted in the 6th round due to a lack luster career in college.

  15. Hard to carry a chip when he’s been anointed as “the one” since you left high school. “The chip” is typically formed after the perception of having been slighted in some way.

  16. Welcome to the NFL, Trevor. Everything you say or Tweet will be scrutinized,especially being the #1 overall pick. It’s just the way it is.

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