Charlotte, NC - The Panthers vs. Texans game is a homecoming for the Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney who grew up in Rock Hill. He stayed close to home playing college football at USC.
"I used to love the Panthers, Julius Peppers played there, all them guys, gamble was out there, I used to love their defense," Clowney said.
Clowney has done everything to down play this homecoming game as significant, saying it's just another game. But those around him know deep down it's a little more than that.
"You only get to play 16 times a year, hopefully more than that, but 16 times in the regular season, and when there's one that's near your hometown that adds to it," said Texans coach Bill O'Brien.
Now Clowney hopes his Texans defense can immulate those Panthers defenses he grew up watching in order to do that he says it starts with trying to contain Cam Newton.
"I been watching Cam since he was in college, I know he like to get outside the pocket and make plays with his legs so we just got to keep him in the pocket and get him to the ground and make him become a passer," Clowney said.
Last week Clowney played limited snaps in his first game since undergoing micro fracture knee surgery last December, but Texans coach O'Brien plans to increase his minutes against Carolina.
"I think as we bring him back from the surgery, I think he'll get better and better, I really do believe that," O'Brien said.
"I'm coming around, I told the guys I'm feeling better and better each day, hope I keep going up, and as the season goes, things get better for me," Clowney said.
A ton of Clowney's family and friends are coming to the game. Clowney said he had to get between 30 and 40 tickets for this game.