The Clemson Tigers have become the first 15-0 college football team in 121 years, with Dabo Swinney trouncing Nick Saban’s Alabama 44-16 in Monday’s National Championship game. The staggeringly talented QB, Trevor Lawrence, showed ability far beyond his meager 19 years, completing 20 throws in 32 attempts for 347 yards in the biggest game of his life. Incredibly, he did it all with total serenity and focus, something he owes to his deeply-held Christian faith.
“The way I was brought up, no moment’s too big,” he said Saturday at media day at in San Jose, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. “I feel like I keep myself grounded. I feel like I was made for moments like this.”
“Football is important to me, but it’s not the biggest thing in my life, my faith is,” he said previously. “I just know that no matter how big the situation is, it’s not going to define me.”
In the aftermath of the dramatic victory, the Tigers’ head coach also delivered a wonderful message of hope and faith in light of the astonishing victory. “For me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others and yourself,” Dabo Swinney told ESPN.
Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers. They played a great game tonight and brought home the National Championship. I love Coach Swinney’s leadership and the fact that he’s not afraid to let people know he uses Christian principles to guide the program.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 8, 2019
“It’s a blessing,” he said of the teams double success over the Crimson Tide – Clemson beat Alabama in the same game back in 2017. “It’s the grace of the good Lord to allow us to experience something like this. All the credit, all the glory goes to the good Lord,” Swinney said.
“This group had the eye of the tiger tonight, man.”
“If we can do it, anybody can do it,” Swinney declared. “You can’t write a Hollywood script like this, only God can do this. That’s a fact.”
That was as real a post-game interview by a college football coach I've ever watched. Thank you, Dabo Swinney. Congratulations.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 8, 2019
“People may think I’m crazy, but only God can orchestrate this.”
Congratulations to the Tigers on a well-deserved victory!