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No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney joins Texans

SC Conversation: Jadeveon Clowney

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) -- Anyone who's seen Jadeveon Clowney's monster tackle against Michigan in the Outback Bowl last year won't be surprised to learn what the No. 1 overall pick likes best about football.

"Big hits," he said. "I'm all about hitting. I don't care who it is."

That's what the Houston Texans are counting on from the South Carolina defensive end after skipping a chance to take a quarterback - their top need - with the top pick Thursday night. Clowney was introduced on Friday in Houston, joining a team that features 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

Clowney was already known as a top player before that hit in the Outback Bowl. But when he burst through the line and crashed into Vincent Smith, knocking his helmet off and the ball out of his hands in the process, his star power reached another level.

He's hoping to pile up plenty more highlight-reel hits this season, but knows he'll have to be careful about how he delivers them.

"That's what I live for is making big hits," he said. "I hope I don't get no fines this year. I might have to dial it down a little."

New Houston coach Bill O'Brien, who took over a team that hasn't won since Sept. 15, raved about Clowney's many attributes. But one thing stood out to O'Brien as he got to know Clowney.

"He really talked about how much he loved winning and how winning was important to him," O'Brien said. "These are the type guys that we're looking for, we're looking for team guys, we're looking for tough guys, we're looking for guys that are going to come in here and understand that they're part of a team and they're coming here to work hard."

Houston general manager Rick Smith obviously coveted Clowney for his pass-rushing ability, but values his attitude perhaps just as much.

"He's driven, and in my opinion very committed to being an excellent football play, and we need that," Smith said.

Clowney doesn't model his play after any player in particular, but he does study many guys to elevate his game.

"I watch J.J. Watt, I watch Ray Lewis, I watch Lawrence Taylor before games," Clowney said. "I go out there on the field (and say): `I'm about to pull a Lawrence Taylor. I'm about to pull a Ray Lewis today.' I try to take over the game and try to dominate a game and that's what I do."

Clowney got a good laugh during Thursday's news conference when O'Brien referred to him as J.D.

"I guess he has trouble pronouncing Jadeveon," Clowney said. "So I told him: `Just call me J.D., man. We're going to keep it simple.' And it's quicker and easier."

This isn't anything new to Clowney, who said people say his unique name wrong all the time.

"I ask mom: `Where you get that name from?' I mispronounce it sometimes," he joked. "It's all right though. I've got so many nicknames, people give me J., J.D. call me Clowney, 7. I've got so many names. Just don't call me Clown."

Everyone in his family has names that starts with the letter `J,' and his mother wanted to incorporate his father David's name into her son's and came up with the hybrid name.

Clowney grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which has a population of less than 70,000 people. He's excited about moving to big city, but is a bit concerned about the traffic in Houston, home to more than 2 million people.

"I better get here early," Clowney said. "If I got to be here at 8, I've got to get up at 5:30-6, get going and get here on time."

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grlnd126 May 10 2014 at 12:01 PM

All NFL players provide "big" hits. Clowney is no different, except with his arrogance.

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David S. grlnd126 May 10 2014 at 12:34 PM

Yeah, because he will be the first arrogant NFL player Texas has ever seen......LOL. If ego alone paid $100 each for every football player Texas has, I'd be rich.

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dwc1863 May 10 2014 at 8:01 PM

Texans "reloaded"? Give me a break, the gun chambers were empty to begin with. :)

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floatgod May 10 2014 at 8:43 PM

Clowney you are a day late.

Today the NFL is about CLEAN hits, not BIG hits.
Football players with the speed and agility of a Cheetah and the brain desterity of a neanderthal are liabilities to their teams today.

You, like Mr. Suh, are watching the world march past you.

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ernest May 10 2014 at 5:31 PM

He was the number one pick in the NFL Draft... Nothing you hater's say will change that or reduce his bank account... Your jealousy and evny is so obvious...

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barack_obama16 May 10 2014 at 10:03 PM

It is too soon to be talking about football

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ddiribbons May 10 2014 at 11:10 PM

Hey, Clowney, the NFL is not college football. Big difference.

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npaleorelic May 10 2014 at 11:20 PM

I don't see a dazzling career. He kinda' dialed it down his senior year to protect his draft status. I see someone selfish and self-involved

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lmuha89903 npaleorelic May 11 2014 at 12:03 AM

He did all of that and is still the number1 pick, I think it worked out for him.

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Buffets #1 Fan! May 10 2014 at 11:44 PM

better dial it down so you dont get a fined? your butt sat on the sidelines, huffing the oxygen mask most of last year! your are a joke CLOWN!

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prime2182 May 11 2014 at 1:19 AM

This mush-mouthed, pea-brained CLOWN is gonna get manhandled in the NFL. I'm really going to enjoy watching him get schooled which obviously didn't happen at S. Carolina since he can't seem to properly conjugate a verb,.....CRETIN.

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rufus May 10 2014 at 8:41 PM

i think he'll be a joke in the nfl.

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