Panthers OLB Jadeveon Clowney is tired of hearing about ‘The Hit’


Jadeveon Clowney is more than just a one-hit wonder. But he’s come to learn, now over a decade later, that his greatest hit is absolutely timeless.

While the ink was drying on his new two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, the 31-year-old outside linebacker spoke with local reporters through a Zoom call on Friday afternoon. Jeff Hawkins of The Charlotte Post would ask Clowney if he’s gotten tired of watching his legendary hit from the 2013 Outback Bowl.

“Somewhat,” he replied after letting out a laugh. “I don’t really watch it, but people stop me and tell me about it. ‘You had one of the greatest hits.’ And I’m like, ‘Man, that was so long ago, that’s so old.’”

It’s 11 years old, to be exact. And in case you forgot, it looked a little something like this . . .

University of Michigan running back Vincent Smith was on the receiving end of the famous tackle, which led to a fumble recovery by Clowney himself. The takeaway helped push the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to a 33-28 win.

Clowney’s play, which would become known as “The Hit,” quickly established itself in college football lore. It even earned the eventual No. 1 overall pick an ESPY Award for “Best Play” later that summer.

But if you run into Clowney out in the streets of downtown Charlotte, maybe it’s best you come with some different material.

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at South Carolina

Sep 24, 2011; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) forces the…

Sep 24, 2011; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) forces the ball out of the hands of Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Larry Smith (10) during the second quarter at Williams Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports



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