Not only is it important for football players to be champions on the field, but it’s also crucial that they can take their hard work and use it for the greater good off the field. This is the case for one former Clemson football star.
Ben Boulware, former Clemson standout, graduated from the school with a degree in sociology. He was known for not only being an excellent football player but also for his skillful on-field trash talking. Despite his plays and skills on the field, he was not drafted by the National Football League.
To return to his Clemson home and to do something to help the community, Boulware served as a “referee” for a recycling obstacle course before the Tigers’ November game against Florida State.
The recycling obstacle course was organized to help fans learn more about recycling and sustainability. More than 87% of Americans are able to access curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs, which is why having something accessible like the obstacle course can be of much help.
During the obstacle course, fans will compete against each other to be able to sort through and organize recyclable materials the fastest. They will also be challenged to throw footballs into garbage cans. Each fan is eligible for a fun tailgate prize. Representatives from Rubbermaid Commerical Products will also be on hand to answer any fan questions regarding reducing waste, reusing items, and recycling.
Rubbermaid Commerical Products and Clemson have come together to support and encourage recycling throughout the campus during the year. So far, the Clemson Tigers community has recycled 220,000 pounds of paper, cans, bottles, food waste, and cardboard collected during the football game days this season.
Boulware played for Clemson during the 2013 to 2016 seasons. He racked up 356 career tackles, which included 26 tackles for loss. Boulware was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the National Championship Game back in January and was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference Selection. Now, Boulware is working on a potential career with the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., where he would be able to demonstrate his skill and strength that he displayed on the football field.
His athleticism, not to mention big personality and trash talking skills, could be a perfect fit for pro wrestling.