We've never officially met although we have seen each other several times. My name is Kelly and I sit in Section 9 for all of your home games. It's right where you run out during 2001. My son Jordan has autism and lived with his mom for most of life. He moved in with me several years ago and it's been tough getting him adjusted to life with me. He doesn't like sports and has a tough time relating to people, but I found he loves coming to see you guys play. It's one thing that gets him out of his shell and we can laugh together. Here we are last Saturday night.
Anyways we were all disappointed that you didn't play but thought you must be hurt. We have been savoring the last few games we have to see you play. The last few days though the local and national press has implied that you were faking an injury. They are saying that you don't want to play because you are afraid of getting hurt and losing out on a big NFL contract. They say you haven't played your hardest all year for that reason. You haven't said anything different so perhaps they're right.
I understand the idea of not wanting to lose out life changing money. But you won't. Did you forget you have a 5 million dollar insurance plan? So if you get hurt and can't play in the NFL they will pay you 5 million dollars. That is more money than most people will make in a lifetime. At a very comfortable $100,000 per year, someone would have to work 50 years to make what you'll make. Your big pay day is assured. So you and your family have already won the lottery and will collect your winnings next year.
Here's what I wanted to remind you. Your grandfather has a picture of you as a baby hung on his wall underneath a picture of Jesus. There's a sign there that says Pray Hope Blessed Love. That man was paid $9.50 a week. He picked cotton and worked on a golf course. He says he has always believed and has now seen with his own eyes that God will always provide. As a follower of Jesus you should know He will always take care of you.
God gives all of us gifts. Those gifts aren't for us to use exclusively for our own good. We use them to help others and from that we are blessed in return. You have a gift for football. Watching you use your gift brings joy to me and my son. If you are going to horde that gift for your own you are going to dissapoint me, my son and millions of college football fans you have never met. You're also going to dissapoint the one who gave you that gift.
Some people have speculated that you are shying away from playing because you saw the millions Marcus Lattimore lost due to his injury. Marcus would tell you he isn't sorry at all. Carolina fans would tell you Marcus will always be loved and cared for. George Rogers would tell you that sometimes all the money gets away from you, but fans here have made sure George was ok. Use your gift to the best of your ability and leave the consequences to God. I hope you'll do so for the last 7 games you have left as a college player.
But if you're not going to give it everything you've got, you should leave. Leave right now and let some other player use his gift. If you aren't giving maximum effort you are hurting the morale of your teamates. The NFL scouts have made it pretty clear that you don't have to play another down to be a top 10 pick. So give us your best or nothing at all.
UPDATE! Not sure if my letter helped but Clowney says he will talk to the media tonight and Spurrier says Clowney seems committed to giving his best effort!