Last month, after watching one of Tajh Boyd's workouts, CUTigers caught up with his father, Tim.
"This is a surreal feeling," Tim said. "I still can't believe that half of this is even going on."
But he should have seen it coming.
Coming out of Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., Tajh was a five-star recruit with offers from just about everywhere in the country, with the exception of Knoxville, Tenn. After picking Clemson over Oregon and Ohio State, Boyd would go on to rewrite the school record books in his three years as the Tigers' starting quarterback.
Like every other college quarterback, Tajh was the face of the program and spokesman for the university. That's what made Tim feel so good about his eldest son's accomplishments at Clemson.
"I'm just very proud of him, more of the off the field stuff than the on the field stuff," Tim said. "He's been a real representation for Clemson University and I'm just very proud of him."
Since Tajh walked off the field at the Orange Bowl in January, it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows.
The spotlight shines a little brighter in the NFL. And, when it comes to the draft process, things tend to ramp up a notch or two.
"He's a humble kid and he knows what it takes, he knows he has to put in work and that's why I'm most proud of him," Tim said. "Because, sometimes; people, scouts, analysts say he can't do this, he can't do that and he continues to prove them wrong. That's what I think that motivates him, more or less than anything, because no one has ever given him anything.
"Everything, he's earned, he had to work for."
Hearing others bad mouth your own is tough enough, but when it's on all over TV, the Internet and radio, that can't be easy. The thick skin that Tim had to develop over the last few years wasn't quite ready for this.
"It's hard, because I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is jump on the Internet, see what they're saying, hoping they're saying something positive, because I'm not there to see what's going on and I know the things they're saying about him can't be all true," Tim said. "It makes me feel like, ‘Is he doing that bad?'
"I'm glad to come out here today and see how hard he's been working. He doesn't really have anything to prove, but at the same time, he does."
During the second weekend in May, we'll see which team in the league thinks Tajh has proven enough to play for them.
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