Clemson WR: "I Had No Doubt" We Would Beat Bama

Amari Rodgers knew the night before the national championship that Clemson would win

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
January 15, 2019 - 9:45 am

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The night before every game, Dabo Swinney meets with his players to motivate them and put them in the right mindset heading into kickoff. He did that the night before the national championship against Alabama, too – and it paid off.

“During that meeting, I had the vibe we’re actually going to do this,” Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers said on After Hour with Amy Lawrence. “I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to win that game.”

They did – and in dominant fashion. Alabama led 16-14 early in the second quarter; then Clemson reeled off 30 unanswered points to win 44-16 and cap a 15-0 season.

“Coming into the game, we were confident, my whole team was confident – I just could tell we were ready to go out there ball out,” said Rodgers, who finished with two catches for 30 yards. “We just went out there and did it. It just felt amazing. All the hard work that we did starting last January, it just paid off with the ultimate prize, and we’re at the top of the mountain now. It’s amazing. But next week we start back workouts again for our 2019 season, so you also got to start over.”

Clemson won its second national title in three years while also avenging its 24-6 loss to Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff.  The Tigers are 21-1 over their last 22 games.

“We just believed,” Rodgers said. “We went out there and played for each other, and it worked out for the best.”