As a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the team signed him to a four-year, $3.8 million fully-guaranteed rookie contract.
However, the Ohio State alumnus quickly proved that he was worth more by averaging 1,030 receiving yards in his first three seasons.
He is also coming off back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 yards despite the team’s continuous search for their franchise quarterback.
With his rookie contract set to expire after the 2022 campaign, the team gave him a three-year, $71 million extension.
Out of that amount, he will receive $53.1 million in guaranteed money.
The Commanders are banking on McLaurin replicating his performance in his first three seasons over the next four.
But despite his recent blessing, “Scary Terry” keeps himself grounded by sharing his secret to success.
Terry McLaurin talks about always being an underdog, and that the work he puts in is the difference. Surround yourself with the right people, and do the work. Wise words. "It's really cool to be standing here as a kid from Indianapolis that had a dream to play in the NFL"
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) July 6, 2022
NBC Washington’s JP Finlay tweeted, “Terry McLaurin talks about always being an underdog, and that the work he puts in is the difference. Surround yourself with the right people, and do the work. Wise words. ‘It’s really cool to be standing here as a kid from Indianapolis that had a dream to play in the NFL.'”
Simple But Effective Words From McLaurin
In other words, McLaurin is saying that putting in the effort and getting much-needed help will lead anyone to achieve their goals.
After all, it takes a village to raise successful athletes because they have coaches, trainers, and other front office personnel guiding them.
Though his contract makes him financially secure, he still has a chip on his shoulder by proving that he is worthy of being one of the highest-paid wideouts in the league.
With that mindset, “Scary Terry” might become a nightmare for the defensive backs that will cover him in the upcoming season.NEXT: Terry McLaurin Reveals His Plans After Signing His New Deal