Dabo Spoke To S.C. Lawmakers

After 2019 national title win

Patrick Gentry
February 26, 2019 - 2:34 pm

South Carolina lawmakers invited Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney to make a rare second appearance Tuesday before both the House and Senate.

Swinney spoke at the Legislature's joint assembly.

Swinney told South Carolina lawmakers they don't have to like each other all the time, but they need to be a team.

Swinney was invited to speak to the joint session of the General Assembly after his Tigers won the national championship with a 44-16 win over Alabama on Jan. 7.

Swinney told lawmakers his team disagreed at times last season, like when he chose to start Trevor Lawrence over junior Kelly Bryant against Syracuse. Swinney said it is OK to disagree as long as you aren't disagreeable.

Swinney told the lawmakers he knows every one of them loves South Carolina and if they could work together despite their differences, they could make the state an example for the rest of the nation.

Listen To Coach Dabo's Speech

After winning the 2017 national title, Swinney gave a 15-minute speech telling lawmakers that football unifies people across all races, ages and economic statuses. He told legislators they need to unite to do the things to make South Carolina a better place to live.

Swinney also told then-Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant that he bet he never thought he would introduce a "Dabo."

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