Tennessee legacy Amari Rodgers on why he chose Clemson over UT: 'I wanted to win'
Former Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers is off to the NFL, drafted in the third round by the Green Bay Packers.
ABC’s 2021 NFL Draft coverage highlighted that Rodgers is the son of former Tennessee quarterback and assistant coach Tee Martin. Rodgers was asked on Friday night why he turned down the opportunity to carry on his father’s UT legacy, instead, going to Clemson.
“They did, they offered me a scholarship,” Rodgers said of Tennessee, per Matt Connolly of ClemsonSports.com. “I went to Clemson because I wanted to win, plain and simple. That’s really what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to a program that I knew was a winning program and that I knew I was going to be coached and turned into a player that I knew I could be. Going there with Coach (Dabo) Swinney, with him being a receivers coach at heart, I knew I’d be pushed to be a great receiver every single day by him. Coach (Tyler) Grisham my last year did a great job coaching me up, too. So I knew I was going to be coached by the best of the best and play against the best of the best, so that’s why I went there.”
Rodgers leaves Clemson with 181 catches for 2,144 yards and 15 touchdowns. Vols fans hope this is the last they have to hear of what might have been.
Amari Rodgers asked why he went to Clemson instead of Tennessee “Because I wanted to win.”
— Matt Connolly (@MattOnClemson) May 1, 2021