Having your family cheering at your success and achievements is something many sportspersons cherish. However. DJ Uiagalelei has a different opinion. The Clemson quarterback has blocked his father on Twitter and states the reason is his old man being “over the top” about his son’s football career.
The 19-year-old freshman of Clemson University has recently made a breakthrough in his college football career as the QB has replaced Trevor Lawrence, who is currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
DJ Uiagalelei was key behind Clemson’s victory over Boston College last Saturday and will also start at Notre Dame next Saturday. In the ongoing NCAA Division I FBS football season, the quarterback has clocked 444 passing yards and two touchdowns and has also rushed for three touchdowns.
Tasting early and gradual success in a potentially stellar football career, the teenager recently opened up about various topics to the media, one of them being his family.
DJ Uiagalelei is not fond of his father’s tendency to brag and like the media
In a recent interview, DJ revealed that he has kept his father Dave Uiagalelei aka ‘Big Dave’ blocked on Twitter since he was a high school sophomore, just because he was not fond of his dad bragging about him to the public.
“Sometimes, he can be over the top,” DJ was quoted by TigerNet.
The youngster further stated that Big Dave favours the limelight, while Uiagalelei himself is more like his mother and prefers to keep a distance from the paparazzi.
“He likes the media. He likes the spotlight. I’m more like my mom. I like to be low key,” Uiagalelei added.
DJ Uiagalelei’s mentality is also reflected in his Twitter bio, which reads: “Work in silence, let success make the noise.”
Be that as it may, the Clemson stalwart is always up to make his family proud.
— 🌟 DJ Uiagalelei 🌟 (@DJUiagalelei) September 20, 2020
Although DJ Uiagalelei prefers to stay low-key from the media, the teenager has garnered a number of admirers, including New York Mets Outfielder and former University of Florida QB Tim Tebow.
“This kid is an absolute freak,” Tebow recently spoke to ESPN’s SportsCenter, “He’s 6-foot-5, 250 (pounds). He can run the football probably more effective and power in goal-line situations than Trevor could, but listen — this kid can also sling the football. He wasn’t a five-star and the No. 2 quarterback in the country for no reason.”
In 2018, DJ was chosen for the USA Today High School Football Player of the Year award, as well as USA Today High School All-American award, the latter which he won for the second time in 2019.