Swapping jerseys at game’s end has become commonplace in the NFL as a way for opposing players to show respect for one another.
On Sunday, former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and former Florida defensive end Dante Fowler, two of the most highly-touted pass rushers in recent SEC history, met on the field to swap jerseys after the Texans topped the Jaguars 21-20.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 18, 2016
The day went a lot better for Clowney, who recorded a sack in the game and won despite his Texans benching quarterback Brock Osweiler. Fowler did not record a tackle and saw his head coach Gus Bradley fired after the game.
There’s a lot for both players to be happy about with their personal performance this season, though. Although Fowler’s Jaguars have been bad, he’s recorded 2.5 sacks and 29 tackles in his first season after missing all of his rookie year with a knee injury. Clowney, who struggled with injuries in much of his first two seasons and was ineffective when he did play, now has 5 sacks and 49 tackles on the season, both career highs.
Clowney, taken first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, recorded 24 sacks in three seasons at South Carolina, which included 13 in his sophomore season. Fowler, taken third overall by the Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Draft, recorded 14.5 sacks in three seasons at Florida and greatly helped his draft stock with 8.5 sacks in his final season with the Gators.