South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney has become accustomed to bringing down the opposition.
The 6'6", 274-pound rising junior defensive end for the South Carolina Gamecocks set the single-season school record for sacks last season, notching 13 en route to finishing sixth in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting.
Not only can he slow down opposing players like Michigan's Vincent Smith, but he's also an imposing force in South Carolina's government operations.
The South Carolina General Assembly welcomed Clowney inside the State House on Tuesday with a Senate resolution honoring his 2012 AT&T National Player of the Year award, according to WLTX in Columbia, S.C.
Clowney received a standing ovation from lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and was in the middle of a scrum of lawmakers scurrying to get pictures and autographs of one of the top players in college football, via South Carolina Sr. Associated Athletic Director Charles Bloom.
The throng of photographers at SC Statehouse waiting to get pic of nation's top defensive player Jadeveon Clowney. twitter.com/CharlesBloomSC…— Charles Bloom (@CharlesBloomSC) May 28, 2013
Not bad for a guy who's two years removed from high school.
Clowney should expect more of this.
That hit on Smith in the Outback Bowl on January 1 elevated him from a college football superstar to a full-fledged sports celebrity, and this kind of treatment goes with the territory.
Say what you will about government operations and what our legislators should be focused on, but that's a debate for another time.
Clowney has reached cult-hero status as he has been a big part of back-to-back 11-win seasons for the Gamecocks, and Tuesday's events at the South Carolina State House are another indication of just how big he actually is.
South Carolina fans love him. Clemson fans hate him. SEC fans fear him. But everybody respects him.