Team captain and sounding board Ben Boulware started to get misty during his speech at his Clemson goodbye speech. Following newest Clemson legend and quarterback Deshaun Watson, Boulware began his speech by saying it might take a little bit longer than the brief address Watson gave.
Boulware has worn his emotions on his sleeve all season for the Clemson Tigers and they rode his leadership to a national Championship this year.
The ultimate team player, he once admitted that everyone on the team regularly grabbed their opponents crotches as a way of distracting their opponent, if only to defend the curious behavior of teammate Christian Wilkins.
When addressing the fans for the last time in Clemson Tigers orange, Boulware’s emotions got the better of him again.
— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 14, 2017
“I grew up in this area,” Boulware said. “I’m one of y’all.”
A South Carolina native, Boulware spoke at length about what Clemson meant growing up to him, and how winning the championship was the fulfillment of a life long dream for him. Set to enter the NFL draft, Boulware currently projects as a 7th round selection and the 10th best player at his position, according to CBS Sports.
No matter where he works professionally, Boulware did well to cement himself in the contemporary lore of Clemson footballers.
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