New York Giants Jerseys Springfield native and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has turned heads on the field for his versatility and dominant play. His work as a defensive tackle has helped him become a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as just a sophomore.
But it is his off-field personality that has caught Swinney’s eye, and given the coach high expectations of what Wilkins will be in his life.
“He’s either going to be Michael Cheap nfl Jerseys Strahan,” Swinney said in an ESPN feature by Adam Rittenberg, “hosting his own TV show and doing ESPN-type stuff on ‘Monday Night Football.’ Or, he’s going to be the president.
“Really not much in between.”
The Strahan comparison would be a terrific way for Wilkins’ career to turn. Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, finishing his career with 141.5 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl championship. But after his NFL career, Strahan has gotten heavily involved in TV broadcasting, serving as an NFL analyst, talk show host and game show host. It takes a special personality to work in both businesses, and Swinney thinks Wilkins has it.
Wilkins, however, wants to be like Eurie Stamps Sr., his grandfather who was killed accidentally in a SWAT team raid of his Framingham apartment in 2011. He was 68 years old at the time and had no criminal history. Wilkins hears that he reminds people of his grandfather frequently.
“That’s the biggest compliment I
Cheap jersey wholesale could receive,” Wilkins said in the ESPN feature. “They say I’m exactly how he was: big personality, larger than life. He was so inviting and personable. He impacted everyone he met.”
Wilkins and the rest of his Clemson team take on Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game Saturday night at 8 p.m.