Jadeveon Clowney Hit on a Michigan Running Back Won the South Carolina Defensive End an ESPY But Didn't Teach Him How To Spell

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta ( @GeigaSr
on Aug 08, 2013 10:51 PM EDT
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A helmet South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signed contains a misspelled word. (Photo : Anthony Richey Twitter account)

University South Carolina athletic compliance officials have proclaimed that star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney found no wrongdoing concerning his signing of sports memorabilia that appeared on eBay.

University of South Carolina English teachers, however, now have evidence of other wrongdoing by Clowney.

A helmet Clowney signed that landed on eBay sold for $171, according to Not only did Clowney sign his name, but he put a message on the helmet that read:

"The Hit Herd Around the World"

The signature, which he dated 1/1/13 with the score 38-28 referred to South Carolina's victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl in which Clowney laid a vicious hit into Michigan ball-carrier Vincent Smith.

The video went viral and added to Clowney's growing legend. The football player who will be a senior in 2013 even won an ESPY award for his hit. noted the obvious misspelling of the word "heard" in his caption.

Anthony Richey called attention to Clowney's mistake (advanced writers would argue that Clowney also should have used " 'Round," rather than "Around" but that hardly matters compared to his spelling gaffe) on his Twitter account.

With a picture of the signed helmet, Richey simply wrote, "Nice spelling..."

Clowney, who is entering his junior season in 2013, is expected to be one of the top players in the 2014 NFL draft if he comes out early and should command a salary in the millions of dollars. So other than a little embarrassment, he probably will survive this controversy much easier than the other player currently associated with an autograph-signing scandal, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

And if Clowney's NFL career is as successful as his collegiate career has been, the $171 for the signed helmet might be a bargain.

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