Jadeveon Clowney and company arrived here Tuesday afternoon, and it was quite a company.
The former South Carolina star traveled with 12 family members, including mother Josenna Clowney and grandfather John Clowney, to LaGuardia airport on an 11:45 a.m. flight out of Charlotte. Clowney and his mother sat side by side in first class, and the 6-foot-6, 276-pound defensive end generated stares and whispers at both airports.
The group, which planned to rendezvous with eight more family members in New York, was met by a van to carry their luggage and a limousine to whisk them all into Manhattan, where they will stay through Thursday night’s opening round of the draft, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall.
Clowney, who was greeted at LaGuardia by a film crew from ESPN, is scheduled to tape an appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday for airing Wednesday night.
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“I’m tired,” Josenna said. “I don’t feel like I’ve sat down for two weeks.”
Jadeveon Clowney will appear, along with the other 30 NFL draft prospects who are in town to attend the draft, this morning at an NFL Play60 event, where Clowney and the other players will conduct drills and play flag football with area school children at Chelsea Piers.
He still does not know, he told The State, if he will in fact be the No. 1 overall selection on Thursday night. The Houston Texans hold the first pick, and Clowney spoke on the phone to Texans general manager Rick Smith “two or three times” last week, he said.
He maintains that he deserves to be the top pick.
“I have done everything they’ve asked me to do,” he said.