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Jadeveon Clowney to join NFL draft? 'Yes, sir'

Clemson South Carolina Football

After two legendary seasons, Jadeveon Clowney, one of the best defensive players in Carolina history, confirmed that he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

'So this is your last year in a Carolina uniform?' an ESPN reporter asked him on camera within minutes of the Gamecocks' 34-24 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl.

'Yes, sir,' Clowney replied, fans commending his directness.

'You're declaring for the NFL draft?'

'Yes, sir.'

Though a disappointing 2013, Clowney ranks top three in Carolina history in force fumbles, tackles for loss and sacks.
Analysts suspect he'll be a top-three draft pick, and that there is very little in the way of a million-dollar paycheck.

'I'm gonna miss everything about Carolina; I love everyone here.'

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palmejn January 02 2014 at 1:20 PM

Greed is the new NCAA buzzword. It's not about geting an education so the student will have a career to look forward to after football. The "athletes" bleed the college dry for scholarships and then kip town before their junior or senior year. Net result is vollege raise tuition and the REAL students get stuck paying the bill for the greedy athletes. The answer may be that sthletes must pay back any scholarship money they have received if they leave before completing their degree studies. AND the repayment must take place within 24 months after they follow the greed line.

One good lesson is Sanchez - standout player at USC. He was always admonishing kids to stay in school and get a degree. But when the NFL dollars were dangled in his face, all USC saw was his backside. And where is Sanchez now? A nobody player who led his team nowhere
and he is another washed up greedy player due to injuries. Shame on the NCAA and the NFL.

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michael mauck January 02 2014 at 5:33 PM

FROM A GUY WHOSE CAREER WAS CUT SHORT BY AN INJURY AND I DIDN'T GET THE CHANCE TO PLAY IN THE NFL TAKE IT WHILE IT IS THERE A COLLEGE DEGREE IS GREAT AND YOU CAN ACHIEVE THAT IN THE OFF SEASON. FOR NOW GO PLAY WHILE YOU CAN CAUSE ALL IT TAKES IS ONE QUICK KNEE INJURY AND ITS ALL GONE

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belldn3 January 02 2014 at 11:13 AM

Good for him, anything could happen if he came back. Make the money, South Carolina has made money off him.

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Billy January 02 2014 at 11:15 AM

get it while you are hot. you can get the degree at any time as so many others have. no one complains when singers or actors don't get any degrees but 98.6.........

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jkwaters2 Billy January 02 2014 at 11:45 AM

And again, what degree would he be staying in school for? No way, not worth the risk of injury from a chop block in college. Get out and bank some money; just don't spend it all!!

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musicexpdj Billy January 02 2014 at 11:54 AM

Is he going to pay back his scholarship money ? "No Sir "

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High Frequency musicexpdj January 02 2014 at 12:13 PM

He already help make S.C. way more money than his scholarship cost. College Football brings in millions, especially big names like his.

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Jim musicexpdj January 02 2014 at 12:57 PM

If you quit your job would you pay back your salary?

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Jan Jelinek January 02 2014 at 4:37 PM

I think the NFL should make it a requirement to have 4 years of college and/or graduate before you can enter the draft-- I agree with the posters that think it's a mistake...NOTHING is more important than education not even football and I am a huge football fan. Even Andrew Luck stayed at Stanford and graduated....Just my opinion-- don't hate on me!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

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jbboiter January 02 2014 at 11:29 AM

You will be missed, but Good Luck to you in the NFL. Will follow you where ever you go. Should you change your mind , we will WELCOME you back as a GAME COCK. . Best Wishes J. Boiter

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royalstn January 02 2014 at 11:36 AM

Wild he's going to make a great pick up for some NFL team

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bankertl53 January 02 2014 at 4:20 PM

His last name "Clown(ey) would look so good on a Browns' uniform. Won't have a chance to get him, but would be a perfect fit.

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Frank Cisneros January 02 2014 at 6:30 PM

Go Raiders , pick him up

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p60342 Frank Cisneros January 02 2014 at 7:08 PM

Please, Raiders do NOT draft the clown... Fire Davis, McKenzie and Allen and start over. It's been a long long decade....

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crimeslawyer January 02 2014 at 1:11 PM

Jadeveon? I missed it on the most popular names for boys list.

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Tommy Ethridge crimeslawyer January 02 2014 at 1:23 PM

this occurs when you cannot spell and just put some letters together and call it a NAME hahaha

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petpetdon crimeslawyer January 02 2014 at 1:42 PM

The mothers in the ghetto throw letters in a hat and draw them out one by one, this is how they name their kids.

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