Ben Boulware already made a speech immediately after Clemson’s national title win over Alabama.
Today, the linebacker and captain penned a heartfelt and lengthy piece for The Players’ Tribune.
In it, he thanked the entire Clemson family and shared a message for his teammates and future Clemson Tigers.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that this accomplishment — as special as it is, and as good as it feels — is not the end. That there is no end. That there will always be higher goals to shoot for, and better football to play. And that there will always be a next level for this program — if there is a team willing to build it.
So, just like the 2016 runner-up team was a part of our foundation … and just like the 1981 championship team was a part of our foundation … and just like every team that has ever put on that Tigers uniform, whether they won four games or fourteen, was a part of our foundation: We are now a part of that same foundation, for every Clemson team to come.
And if I can leave just one message for those teams before I graduate, it’s this: Never stop building. Every workout you take part in, every practice you show up for, every loss you learn from and every win you grind out — you’re a part of something now. And it’s on you now to put down your own layer of foundation before you leave.
The entire Boulware piece is a must-read if you’re a Clemson fan, so check out the link above.