Trevor Lawrence Could Be The Model For A Modern NFL
Trevor Lawrence is expected to be a future NFL star, but you could be forgiven for thinking he should join the NBA.
The Clemson Tigers quarterback’s utilization of his platform is as impressive as his talent on the football field.
Pandemic conditions over the summer fostered an intensified political atmosphere with regard to police brutality and racial injustice. Projected No.1 pick Trevor Lawrence was one of many elite athletes from every sport all over the world to take responsibility and use their platform for good.
What makes Trevor Lawrence stand out is that he plays a sport where political engagement by players is more complicated.
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The NBA is renowned for its players being politically outspoken. In the English Premier League, Marcus Rashford has been hailed as a trailblazer for his charitable work and articulate comments.
However, Lawrence is destined for the NFL with its more conservative fanbase and ties to the Republican party. The NFL’s muddled-at-best (and arguably too little, too late) attempts to do its part for equality have been labelled as tokenism. It’s fair to say the NFL lags behind in this area.
Lawrence, who stops short of calling himself a true activist, is already adept at using his platform to drive change. With NFL players increasingly willing to emulate their NBA counterparts, Lawrence might be about to arrive at exactly the right time. A media darling since highschool, his authenticity as well as his notoriety could break the mould.
“You look at a lot of the guys in the NFL, it seems like it is their whole life, where every minute of the day is dedicated to football,” Lawrence once said.
“And I don’t want that to be me.”
Last summer, he was a driving force behind the “We Want To Play” movement, which saved the 2020 college season. Following the death of George Floyd, he organized a protest march in Clemson.
“I know there’s a lot of eyes on me,” Lawrence said in September.
“Critics, but also a lot of younger people looking up to me, so I’m conscious of that. I want to use my platform the right way and try to impact people. I’m not an activist of any sorts, but I do think I have a responsibility to promote equality and help the people I love.”