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Clowney tackles General Assembly: 'It's a great honor'

Jadeveon Clowney accepts a proclamation and waves to House members, from the balcony of the South Carolina Statehouse  house chambers. With him is Rep. Todd Rutherford, house Minority Leader, D-Richland.
Jadeveon Clowney accepts a proclamation and waves to House members, from the balcony of the South Carolina Statehouse house chambers. With him is Rep. Todd Rutherford, house Minority Leader, D-Richland. tglantz@thestate.com

Jadeveon Clowney is known for stopping a few running backs and quarterbacks, but the Gamecocks’ star defensive end stopped the entire S.C. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Clowney came to the political epicenter of the state to receive a pair of resolutions in the S.C. House and Senate honoring the AT&T National Player of the Year award he won last season.

His lunchtime appearance in the State House halted business as lawmakers scurried to have their photo taken with the 6-foot-6, 274-pound Heisman Trophy hopeful.

Clowney shook hands and exchanged some small talk as he visited both chambers. Everyone in the House chamber turned around to watch the rising junior accept his resolution from the balcony.

And in a true sign of bipartisanship, Clowney autographed an orange Clemson T-shirt won by a young fan.

His appearance came a few hours before the University of South Carolina hosted an evening barbecue gathering for legislators on the Horseshoe.

Clowney, who was making his first visit to the State House, said he was humbled by all the attention he received from powerful lawmakers.

“It’s crazy. When I came in, I never knew it was this big,” Clowney said sitting in the House of Representatives balcony. “It’s a great honor.”

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