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    Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

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    Jadeveon Clowney continues to be a lightning rod as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches.
    On Monday's edition of "NFL Total Access," NFL Media's Heath Evans and Warren Sapp expressed their disapproval of Clowney's decision to decline on-field workouts in the run-up to the draft. Clowneyopted out of the workouts after Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas suffered a torn ACL during a team workout.


    "There's just so many little things about this kid that deter you from getting on his side," Evans said. "This kid turns down private workouts? He says, 'Well, I don't want to get hurt.' You should be training harder on the day that you're not at a private workout than how hard they would work you on the private workout."
    "That's the real issue with me," said Sapp, who believes theTexans should select Teddy Bridgewater No. 1 overall, not Clowney. "What else is he doing, not waking up? The next job you have is rushing the quarterback, young man, getting ready for the NFL. If you wake up every morning and you're not prepared to go out and do the things you have to be either be an outside linebacker or pass rushing specialist, what else is there?
    "You can blow your knee out walking your doggy," Sapp continued. "So why would you not work out for a team that has twenty million-plus dollars for you?"
    The question is whether the Texans have the same concerns as Evans and Sapp. If they do, you can safely assume they'll go elsewhere with the No. 1 overall pick.
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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    I'm quite certain I've never said this ever about anything ever in my life ever, but...........Warren Sapp has a good point.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    I'm pretty sure Sapp was critical of Clowney before this as well. He seems pretty down on his work ethic in general.

    Also not going doing workouts for fear of injury could just add to the perception he didn't try as hard last year to make sure he was healthy for the draft. That would make me question his effort in general.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Here's my problem with this...

    Warren Sapp was a Top 5 prospect coming out of college, but he dropped to No. 12 due to mulitple failed drug tests (marijuana and cocaine). He then grew up, stayed out of trouble, and went on to a Hall of Fame career.

    Given this history, you would think that Sapp might be a bit more sympathetic to a guy who has made a mistake or two, but is very young and still might grow up and become the type of dedicated player that would lead to a stellar NFL career.

    Instead, Sapp uses his pulpit to convey a "holier than thou" analysis.
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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Here's my problem with this...

    Warren Sapp was a Top 5 prospect coming out of college, but he dropped to No. 12 due to mulitple failed drug tests (marijuana and cocaine). He then grew up, stayed out of trouble, and went on to a Hall of Fame career.

    Given this history, you would think that Sapp might be a bit more sympathetic to a guy who has made a mistake or two, but is very young and still might grow up and become the type of dedicated player that would lead to a stellar NFL career.

    Instead, Sapp uses his pulpit to convey a "holier than thou" analysis.
    In my experiences, limited as they are, people who righted their own ship seem to take less pity on people still struggling with it. Sort of a "I did it, so why don't you, it's not that hard" mentality. People tend to forget how difficult something was after a long enough amount of time has passed. Maybe that's what happened with Sapp.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Is it possible that the Texans have already told him they are taking him and it's best to shut it down in fear he may get hurt? If not why should he do anymore, I wouldn't. I'm sure any team with a real shot to draft him has already seen him up close at his pro day.

    Sap still has not grown up he blew millions of dollars on a good time.
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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    I think it is entirely possible that Clowney has already worked out for every team that has a reasonable chance of selecting him.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Wasn't just Sapp, video is on for at the nfl network site. I am thinking the rationale of what they said is he is being very selective when he puts on a show and when he doesn't and that might translate to his playing.

    Its not that the kid is hanging with the wrong crowd or anything like that it is his effort. Couple that with a very subpar junior season and the question marks are still there. When do you draw the line of saving yourself. Is he going to save himself when his contract is up so not to get hurt or play balls out regardless.

    Houston might have said we are taking you for sure, but is that a guarantee? If so why keep it close to the chest and say Clowney is our guy regardless, unless they are fielding trade offers for him.

    Hoping for the kids sake its people grasping at straws, and he is going to be a demon. I know if he slipped to us and we took him that sh...stuff would NOT fly with Mr. Chris Long and the other boys on the line!!!

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Warren Sapp claimed bankruptcy, and did drugs in school which caused him to slip going pro. Yeah, I think that's the last person I'll take advice from.


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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by turbofargo View Post
    Hoping for the kids sake its people grasping at straws, and he is going to be a demon. I know if he slipped to us and we took him that sh...stuff would NOT fly with Mr. Chris Long and the other boys on the line!!!
    And this is why I think he could work on the Rams. If rumors of his work ethic are true, then the last thing he needs is to be in a place where guys don't hold each other accountable. I think the Rams defense has strong leaders, and would help keep him on the right track, because they wouldn't accept anything less.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by berg8309 View Post
    And this is why I think he could work on the Rams. If rumors of his work ethic are true, then the last thing he needs is to be in a place where guys don't hold each other accountable. I think the Rams defense has strong leaders, and would help keep him on the right track, because they wouldn't accept anything less.
    Absolutely agree with you on that. However, do not forget we have a coach in Jeff Fisher and now a DC in Gregg Williams who don't tolerate sub-par efforts. Clowney landing with us may be the best thing that happens in his soon-to-be NFL career.

    Despite that we have our own matters to deal with in the draft. I have said repeatedly Clowney will be hard to pass on, but I think the Rams are intent on trading the pick to secure more picks in subsequent rounds, or perhaps even next year.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Warren Sapp is a dope smoker - Who is he to question anyone's work ethic ?

    Hoping for a trade down, but I am sold on Clowney or Mack at #2 unless there is a real good reason I don't know about to not take em.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    well...dope smoking aside

    was his WORK ETHIC in question?
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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by citr92 View Post
    well...dope smoking aside

    was his WORK ETHIC in question?
    Which is worse?

    Never saw a guy get suspended for questions about his work ethic.

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    Re: Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    Which is worse?

    Never saw a guy get suspended for questions about his work ethic.
    well...smoking's still part of work ethic too now that i think about it

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