South Carolina hasn’t yet produced a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Jadeveon Clowney’s position coach feels he could become the first.
Clowney told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday at a Boys & Girls Club event that he’s getting those compliments from Houston Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.
Weaver said if the fourth-year Texans star stays on course, Clowney could join the best of the best.
“I told him he can be a Hall of Famer,” Weaver said. “Now, there’s a number of things that have to happen: You’ve got to stay healthy, you have to be consistent and persistent. But he has all the qualities and athletic attributes in order to do that.”
That would be uncharted territory for South Carolina football.
No former Gamecocks player has yet been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wide receiver Sterling Sharpe has come closest, but the former Green Bay Packers star hasn’t yet won over enough voters for his excellent but injury-shortened seven-year career.
Dan Reeves has also received nominations for the hall based on his coaching career with the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, but also has not earned election.
Although he isn’t yet eligible, having only retired after the 2014 season, defensive end John Abraham may also receive consideration after a 15-year career with 133.5 sacks.
With just three years under his belt, and one Pro Bowl appearance, Clowney isn’t there yet. But the chance of someday becoming the Hall’s first Gamecock is just one more target for him to chase.
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