“My time here has been amazing and I’ll be a Clemson Tiger forever,” said Lawrence in the video.
Lawrence led Clemson to a national championship as a freshman in 2018 and won his first 25 starts for the Tigers before falling to LSU in last year’s title game. He did that College Football Playoffs every three years of his career at Clemson. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy vote announced Tuesday and is widely expected to be number 1 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2021 NFL draft.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Lawrence “the biggest winner I’ve ever seen” and also praised his QB for his work off the field.
Lawrence helped organize a social justice movement in Clemson last summer and was an integral part of the #WantToPlay movement which helped get sports leaders to push a college football season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“When I look back, I hope my legacy is that I was a great teammate and, overall, a great person, more than I played,” said Lawrence. “That’s how I’ve treated people. I want this to be the main thing I’m known for.”
Lawrence first notified ESPN College GameDay in October that he intended to step into the draft, but he later went back on that comment and said “who knows” what the future holds, which added to speculation that he might get to school would return if he wasn’t satisfied the team will likely draw him.
“I’m just trying to enjoy my last few months here if I choose to,” Lawrence said at the time. “I’m just trying to enjoy it and obviously I’m not trying to cause a stir. I don’t want more people talking about me than they already are, so my thing is that I’ll just never corner myself to where I have to do something just because of something I’ve said in the past. “
Potential overall number one Trevor Lawrence declared for the 2021 NFL draft when he thanked Clemson for helping him achieve that moment.
After testing positive for COVID-19 and missing Clemson’s games against Boston College and Notre Dame, Lawrence returned to previously lead the Tigers to a sixth consecutive ACC championship fall to Ohio State in the college football playoff semifinals last week.
Lawrence finished his Clemson career third in school history in passing yards (10,098) and second in TD passes (90).
“For all of my team-mates over the past three years, it’s been the most fun ride I’ve ever been on,” said Lawrence. “I will look back on these last three years and have the best memories.”