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What does it mean to be a football player for the Clemson Tigers? It just means more according to fifth-year senior defensive tackle James Edwards.
âWe learn more than football at Clemson. I have learned so much about how to be a better person and a better man. It’s not just about the lessons you learn about football. The whole atmosphere of the Clemson family with my coaches and teammates is what really pushed me to be not only a better player, but a better person.
The Vestavia Hills, Alabama native decided to visit Clemson with his twin brother, Jacob, as Clemson was in the Southeast and not too far from home. However, Tiger football was not uncommon in the Edwards family. In fact, Clemson was already a team they watched regularly.
Edwards’ dad went to high school and played football alongside head coach Dabo Swinney.
After a very successful high school career, Edwards and his brother were both invited to play for the Tigers as extras in 2017. But before heading to Tigertown, the twins essentially had their choice of universities and colleges. small school scholarships.
While in Vestavia Hills High School, they wanted to “go big or come home” and try to win a scholarship wherever they landed. Therefore, the twins became Tigers without the promise of a purse in the future. They wanted to earn it themselves.
Then, during the 2019 season, the twins were recognized, as they received scholarships, reaching the goal they had set themselves years before.
With Edwards being recognized as one of the greatest players in high school, it was no surprise that he ended up playing on the defensive line and he was recruited to play the same position for Clemson.
âWhen we were younger we were always known to be the tallest in our school, so it was only natural that we played offensive or defensive line. It was perfect, because I loved the position anyway.
âPatience is what really got me through college football. I practiced a lot of patience during my time at Clemson. My philosophy is that I don’t want to be too impatient, but I do try to work hard. and wait my turn until the time comes.
The elder has many great memories playing for the Tigers, but two in particular stand out.
âSome of my best memories playing Clemson include winning the national championship in 2018 and when we played Syracuse that same year. It was a close game and Trevor Lawrence was injured, but at the last second Chase Brice led us to a touchdown to get us the win and keep our perfect record intact.
Edwards graduated from PRTM in August and is working towards his graduate degree in sports leadership. He is also a PAW Journey Ambassador and was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2020.