Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence on representing an NFL team, being part of a person’s journey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As Trevor Lawrence prepares to take part in the next phase of his evolution as the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise quarterback, the rookie signal caller is learning how to manage his time within the rigorous schedule of an NFL quarterback.

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Although Lawrence has been spending the majority of his time in the Jaguars’ facility preparing for Organized Team Activities this week, he took time to virtually present the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to Jaxson Dart of Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. Lawrence signed a deal with Gatorade in April.

“Being able to be a small part of different people’s journey, it’s cool to meet new people and it’s something that I’ve always loved. It’s a cool part of my new job,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence has consistently expressed the importance of being a role model for up and coming athletes, as he has done throughout his football career. His success as a National Championship-winning quarterback at Clemson led to him being selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft — the first in in franchise history for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence has expressed his desire to use his ever-growing platform to inspire those he meets. Being yourself was part of the message he had for Dart.

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“Always be yourself, don’t try to meet any expectations that anyone puts on you. When you go to a new place, you are going to feel pressure to do more and try to be something that you are not. You don’t have to do that. Just be yourself and go to work,” Lawrence said.

Now the focus shifts back to football. Lawrence is no stranger to pressure. The former Cartersville High School quarterback has won championships in high school and college. His quest now shifts to dominating the NFL, and he will do that as the face of the Jaguars.

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“I get to represent an NFL team, and that’s something that I don’t take lightly,” Lawrence said. “There are a lot of people working their tail off to be ready for this season and represent this team the right way, and I just want to be an extension of that.”