Clowney has endured microfracture knee surgery, a less serious meniscus knee procedure along with a sports hernia surgery over the past year. Clowney avoided the trouble in Rock Hill that found many of his friends along with his imprisoned father, David “Chilli Bean” Morgan.
And Clowney has adeptly dealt with the hype and scrutiny that accompanies being a celebrated top overall pick out of South Carolina famous for a crushing tackle on Michigan running back Vincent Smith where the impact of the blow sent his helmet flying through the air.
Marty Sumichrast is a longtime family friend and mentor to Clowney. He first met him when Clowney was a sophomore in high school, describing him as a tall, scrawny kid still finding his way.
“I’m just so proud of him for all he’s gone through to do what he’s done is unbelievable,” said Sumichrast, who advises Clowney on everything from life to business decisions. “The reality is that, as great a football player as he is, he’s a better person. He’s phenomenal. He’s more polite than my kids. I really love the guy.
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