State Senate honors Trevor Lawrence’s athleticism, character

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Referring to Trevor Lawrence as an “incredible athlete” and person, State Sen. Bruce Thompson spearheaded a privileged resolution for the highly-acclaimed Clemson quarterback. Along with being recognized by the State Senate, the 19-year-old also presented signed Clemson footballs to Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan Monday.

According to the resolution, “… Trevor Lawrence, though one of the most successful young athletes in this great nation, has maintained his humble nature and continues to make family a top priority in his life, and his strong sense of loyalty, unwavering commitment and perseverance set an example for all to admire. Now, therefore, be it [resolved] by the Senate that the members of this body recognize and commend Trevor Lawrence for not only his remarkable athletic record but also his character off the field and extend best wishes for his continued athletic and academic successes at Clemson University.”

The SR 125 document highlighted some of Lawrence’s accomplishments from his freshman season, including capturing the College Football Playoff National Championship's Offensive MVP Award during Clemson's 44-16 rout of Alabama; throwing for 2,488 yards and 22 touchdown passes prior to the ACC Championship; and being named the 2018 ACC Rookie of the Year.

“Not only is Trevor an incredible athlete, but he is an incredible person,” said Thompson, who represents District 14 in the Georgia Senate, which features portions of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties. “He not only makes Clemson proud right now, but he makes Cartersville and the state of Georgia proud by the way he conducts business.

“He’s got a quiet, humble spirit. He just goes right to work. You saw that when he was at Cartersville [High School]. You saw it when he went to Clemson.”

Noting “relationships are a foundation” of who Lawrence is, Thompson cited the quarterback’s faith and ties with former and present coaches. 

“He had a close relationship with Joey King,” Thompson said, about Lawrence’s Cartersville High School coach. “He enjoys a close relationship with Dabo [Swinney] and his players. And unabashedly — it’s all over the internet, where he has said he has a very close relationship with Jesus Christ.

“He feels like football is a wonderful tool, but it’s not what defines him. He wants to be whatever it is that God has in store for him. If that’s football, he wants to do the best at it. If it’s something else, then he just wants to see what that will is. So as a young man in today’s world that goes out and just gets it done and does it on a very high level, he makes a lot of people proud, regardless of whether you have a strong faith or you’re just a strong sports-minded individual or for no other reason you’re just community focused.”