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Dabo Swinney discusses Las Vegas tragedy with his team

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks to Deshaun Watson during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas over the weekend in which over 50 people were killed and hundreds more injured by a gunman, football can seem like a very non-important subject.

However, one has to remember that college athletes are student-athletes... which means they're not just there to win championships for their schools. They are also there to learn.

Clemson football seemingly has it all right now. They are the reigning national champions, ranked #2 in the country this week, and already have three top-15 wins in their first 5 games.

When tragedies like the shooting in Las Vegas take place, however, all of that can seem very minuscule. Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney decides to use these tragedies as teachable moments for his football team, as he wants his players to be great men first and foremost.

"The one thing I tell our guys, in my opinion, what the country wants, what a lot of people want in their life, we have right here," Swinney said.

Swinney then continued to describe the culture at Clemson and how it has positively impacted his life.

"I see people that love each other, I see people that sometimes don't get along... but then they put their arms around each other," he said. "I see all kinds of different folks, backgrounds, colors... I come to work every day and I see family."

Swinney also said that while the Tigers are hoping to win a 2nd straight national championship, it's his players' characters that matter the most to him.

"What my focus is building great men," Swinney said. "Do what I know we're great at doing here and that's equipping young people to go and kick butt in life."

Clemson is preparing to host Wake Forest (4-1) at noon on Saturday in Death Valley.

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