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Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew shares artistic motivation behind not ‘hearing’ critics

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has been heavily doubted his whole football career.

However, Minshew claims that he doesn’t listen to his critics or doubters. In a recent interview with The Player Tribune, the Jaguars passer said that Vincent Van Gogh, a famous painter that wasn’t appreciated in his own time, has motivated him throughout his football career.

“Vincent Van Gogh, people told him, ‘You can’t be a great painter, you only have one ear.’ You know what he said? ‘I can’t hear you,’” Minshew told The Players Tribune in a Facebook video, via Pro Football Talk.

It’s worth noting that Vincent Van Gogh received little to no recognition during his lifetime. However, after he passed away, he gained popularity as his paintings started selling for record-breaking prices.

As for Minshew, he also received little to no recognition throughout his high school and college career. Minshew ended up getting picked in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft but he still lots to prove to his critics. And sure enough in his rookie season, he proved that he was a starting-caliber quarterback. Minshew broke numerous NFL and franchise records during his rookie season and was one of the best steals in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This season, Minshew has led his team to a record of 1-2, which is third-best in the AFC South. Despite the record, Minshew has shown signs of promise in his three games played this season. The 24-year-old quarterback has recorded 787 passing yards and six touchdowns, which ranks seventh in the league among quarterbacks.