Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers hall of famer Warren Sapp talks as he is inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Warren Sapp calls out Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic


Add another NFL talking head to the list of pundits who have piled on potential top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic, this time a newly enshrined Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent time with the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Oakland Raiders during his NFL career that included a Super Bowl ring.

That’s right, Oakland’s favorite former defensive tackle (Blatant Lie Alert) Warren Sapp has joined the rotation of analysts who have pointed out Clowney’s up and down effort levels. The former successful Tampa Bay Buccaneer (and not so successful Oakland Raider) voiced his concerns over Clowney’s lack of hustle on the NFL Network on Monday night.

“My grandfather taught me something a long time ago. He said ‘You will never get more money by doing less work,’” Sapp said. “I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s tape and I don’t see a guy that is playing the game with his hair on fire, making plays, running up and down the field sideline to sideline, doing all of the things.”

“That’s the real issue with me: What else is he doing not waking up?” Sapp added. “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 ready, prepared to go out and do the things you have to be to be a [defensive] end, outside linebacker – a pass rushing specialist – what else is there?”

Concerns over Clowney’s lack of a second gear have been long documented since he went under the microscope during a high pressure and inconsistent 2013 season at South Carolina. Still Clowney managed to make more than enough plays to continue his status as the best player in the draft and could very well be the top overall pick regardless of the naysayers who have issues with his attitude/effort. Whichever NFL team that drafts him will have to find a way to get maximum effort out of Clowney, who even when only playing when he wants to is head and shoulders above the pack leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft in terms of talent, tape, and overall potential.

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  • CRUZdaddy

    Sapp just needs to shut his trap! Double teams are hard enough, triple teams is even harder.. He won’t make it out the top 5 so why do they keep talking about him..

  • Darrenmel

    Sapp keeps stirring crap up to stay relevant

  • KloverJane

    Sapp needs to worry about getting out of chapter 11 bankruptcy and too not put his nest eggs in one basket, in the future.

  • Pridenpoise

    I can’t stand Sapp, he was retired the minute he put a Raiders jersey on, and is the last person who should be questioning anyone’s work ethic.

  • Chris Schroeder

    If Sapp actually had a opinion that mattered to people then he might actually be earning his paycheck as a talking head, instead of just being this goofy ex-football player who was hired because of his status and not because of his brain.

    In short…. Sapp is a dumbass hater, who is more smoke than fact.

  • 757Raiderfan

    I agree. Dude is a scrub.

  • trinity

    I wish Sapp would shut the fuck up. I’ve really lost respect for him since he retired. It seems like all he wants to do is tear people down.

  • B Christopher

    Come on Warren, he’s a KID still. Most college kids are worried about beer money and where their next piece of tail is gonna come from. I’m sure that those are probably not problems for Mr. Clowney, being a Top 5 pick and all, but, we still have to remember, he’s still just a kid, and he’s doing what kids do. Like Al used to say, and Warren, I know you heard it from the horses mouth, “you can take that raw athletic, god-given, ability and just coach it up a little”
    THATS WHY HE’S A TOP 5 PICK STILL, there happens to be a lot of coaches in the NFL. So, Warren, quit bagging on everyone.
    I have a suggestion for ya….. I know that Mr. Favre isn’t doing anything right now either, why don’t you call him up, and meet in some empty field, and chase him all over the place, just like old times!!!! Have someone film it, put it on YouTube and tweet out a link!!!! I DARE YA!