Jadeveon Clowney: "I think I work just as hard as anybody"

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Jadeveon Clowney doesn't have much time for doubters.

The six-foot-six, 266 pound former South Carolina defensive end hears all the critiques and questions about his work ethic, and has a message for those who feel like he is not mentally tough enough to make it in the NFL --

"I think I work just as hard as anybody," Clowney said via Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press. "If you pick me and pair me with guys, I'm going to try and outwork them also."

Ever since Jadeveon Clowney put off his decision to attend South Carolina by two weeks in 2011, Clowney has been the center of attention -- both good for his talents and bad for perceived faults in the level of effort he expends.

"I've been tired of it, but you have to keep doing it," Clowney said of critiques on his work ethic.

With everyone from Warren Sapp to unknown executives coming out with harsh words directed at Clowney's game and demeanor, Clowney uses his friends, family, and teammates as a buffer to keep his eyes on the road ahead.

"They tell me, 'Don't worry about it,'" he stated. "Just go out and keep working because it's going to get better."


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