Jadeveon Clowney finds motivation in doubters

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Jadeveon Clowney had a career season in 2016, but even coming off of a successful campaign, the Houston Texans outside linebacker does not have to think too far back to find motivation to keep getting better.

I keep [a chip] on my shoulder," Clowney said. "I know where I was a couple years ago, how people talked about me. So every day I step on the field, I just take that and put it in the back of my head and grind and work through everything I got going on that day.

I dont care whats going on or how the weather is or how the days been, how my body feels -- I just come here to work. When Im on the field, just get the work in and then go about my business, play on and take care of myself.

Clowney was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he missed 12 games in 2014 and three more in 2015 due to injury. And when he could not stay on the field, he heard time and time again that he was a wasted pick. He heard that people were calling him a bust.

Clowney says he thinks he will always keep that chip on his shoulder for motivation, but the success he had last season has helped as well. In 2016, Clowney had a career-high six sacks and 52 tackles, including 16 for loss. His breakout year came at an important time for the Texans, who were without three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who was put on injured reserve three games into the season after he reinjured his back.


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