If Trevor Lawrence aspired to be like Tom Brady growing up, Clemson’s star quarterback just took the next step.
Lawrence, a presumptive top-5 pick in next spring’s NFL draft, has been vocal in saying he wants the college football season to happen as scheduled. Those tweets put the talented gunslinger in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs for the right reasons.
Lawrence hasn’t made his political beliefs clear or public. But by communicating and speaking with President Trump, Lawrence is properly following in Brady’s footsteps. Is that the right move, though?
Trevor Lawrence wants a 2020 football season
As the star quarterback of a blue-blood college program, Trevor Lawrence has a platform that many other college players couldn’t even dream of owning.
Lawrence has been the face of the #WeWantToPlay movement, an online group featuring college football players. Those players, who attend every school from Alabama and Ohio State to lower-level programs, don’t want their seasons postponed.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 each postponed their fall seasons. Many other lower-level conferences, including the Mid-American Conference and all FCS conferences, did the same.
The ACC, which Clemson plays in, is one of the few FBS conferences still standing.
According to ESPN, Lawrence expanded on the #WeWantToPlay movement in an August 10 meeting with reporters through Zoom.
“We realized we’ve got to do something quick, and we’ve got to do something that people will read it and listen. All the momentum was going the wrong way for us. We just started talking, and we all agreed: The No. 1 priority for us was we all wanted to play.”
As of August 17, the ACC still intended to begin play in September. Clemson opens its season on September 12 at Wake Forest.
Trevor Lawrence recently spoke with Donald Trump
Trevor Lawrence has an ally in President Donald Trump.
Trump, a devoted sports fan, has tweeted he wants to see college football played this fall. The President attended last year’s LSU-Alabama game and is a big fan of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
Trump retweeted Lawrence’s “we want to play” tweet on August 10. Five days later, Trump praised Clemson’s quarterback and said the two spoke.
According to The Hill, Lawrence told Trump he is ready to play again.
“He said, ‘Sir, I want to just tell you we want it back, we want to play.’ He’s an incredible quarterback from an incredible school, Clemson. And he’s going to have a very good future in the NFL.”
Trump added that Lawrence has “everything” to be a successful quarterback, including “height, accuracy, a strong arm, and he’s fast.”
Lawrence is following Tom Brady by speaking with Trump
Even if Trevor Lawrence doesn’t have a successful NFL career, he can always tell his children that President Trump called him, a 20-year-old, to go over a return to college football.
Lawrence isn’t public in his political beliefs. He wasn’t old enough to vote in 2016 and it’s not yet known how he’ll vote in November — or if he’ll vote.
But much like Tom Brady, Lawrence might see the power of having Trump on his side. Brady and his former Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, have each supported the President.
The relationship between Brady and Trump dates back nearly 20 years. Brady benefited on a professional and personal level from having someone as powerful as Trump in his circle.
Brady earned plenty of criticism about that relationship, though, especially as Trump took on the NFL during the Colin Kaepernick saga.
Trevor Lawrence needs to evaluate the situation and walk down one of two paths. He can try to build a relationship with the President that favors both sides, or he can kindly walk away before it grows into something controversial that Lawrence can’t control.