I can't say I know Adrian Clayborn.
I've never had an extended interview with him. I think I irritated him with a question after the Iowa-Northwestern game last year. I can't remember what the question was, and it probably wasn't anything inflammatory, but I don't blame him for being irked about anything after that game.
Anyhow, I've grown to really like Clayborn from afar in 2011 because I've seen his personality come through in Twitter the last few months. He's got a sense of humor, a genuine desire to reach out to fans, an ego that seems to be in check, and he looks at everyday things with amusement and curiosity. That's pretty good for anybody, let alone someone who probably can't go an hour without some fan telling him he's wonderful. That would warp a lot of people, and quickly.
Clayborn's Twitter feed can be found here, by the way. Here are a handful of his Tweets from the last week:
Sitting in the airport. Ive seen this lady buy at least 10 lottery tickets. Maybe it's time for a new hobby!
Going to a movie by myself! #onemanwolfpack #loserville
Watching myself on espn....sweating!
Everybody should go pick up the newest edition of sporting news! I'm looking very mean!
I was just asked how much luck played a part in my junior season! put on the film and watch me work! Luck isn't in my skill set #cockymoment
Just saw a guy with dreads longer than mine! Jerk! That's like a girl seeing another girl prettier than her and being jealous lol
I'm trusting a random girl to watch my bag while I get a smoothie king! Dumb or just plain dumb?! I trust people!
My morning: broke some glass and locked myself out my room putting the tray in the hall. Going to get a key with no shirt on. Lady laughing!
After every team I visit. My confidence grows and my thoughts about the media becomes a bigger joke!
I think my forearms r getting bigger! Know what that means! More tattoos!
First person to guess the color of my draft suit and my favorite color I'll send them a sign jersey of the team I go to in a couple weeks!