Michael Clayton (American football)
Michael Clayton No. -- New York Giants Wide receiver Personal information Date of birth: October 13, 1982 Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg) Career information College: Louisiana State NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15 Debuted in 2004 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Career history Roster status: Active Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010 Receptions 223 Receiving yards 2,955 Receiving TDs 10 Stats at NFL.com Career UFL statistics as of 2010 Receptions 8 Receiving yards 70 Receiving TDs 0
Michael Rashard Clayton (born October 13, 1982) is an American football wide receiver who is currently signed with the New York Giants in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.
Clayton prepped at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge where he was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation his senior year. He played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000 alongside fellow LSU teammates Ben Wilkerson, Andrew Whitworth, and Marcus Spears. Michael also played basketball there. In 2008 he became the first inductee in the Christian Life Academy Hall of Fame.
Clayton played college football at LSU where he was part of the NCAA champion LSU Tigers. During his three years with LSU, he caught 182 passes for 2,582 yards and 21 TDs for the Tigers, and ended his LSU career with the record for career TD receptions with 21. The record was later broken by Dwayne Bowe in a game against Tennessee on November 4, 2006. He finished second in school history in receptions with 182, just one shy of tying Wendell Davis's record of 183. He is ranked fourth in career receiving yards with 2,582 and seventh in career 100-yard games, and is the only player in LSU history to have at least 700 yards receiving in three straight seasons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clayton was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 15th selection of the 1st round of the 2004 NFL Draft. After a promising 2004 rookie campaign with Tampa Bay, where he led all NFL rookies and the Buccaneers with 80 receptions for 1193 yards, and his team with 7 touchdowns, Clayton had a relatively disappointing season in 2005. With knee surgery in the offseason and a season riddled with small mistakes on the field, he finished up with just 32 receptions for a total of 372 yards and no touchdowns. He was forced to sit out the final game of the regular season against the New Orleans Saints with a turf toe injury, and also sat out the Buccaneers playoff match up against the Washington Redskins. His second season was very disappointing and inconsistent.
The start to the 2006 season showed that Clayton had returned to his healthy past of 2004. Clayton looked good with 3 receptions and 34 yards despite the Buccaneers offensive struggles on September 10 in a 27-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Continuing his return to his 2004 form, he caught 6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 15, 2006. His touchdown, thrown by Bruce Gradkowski, came with seconds left and gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the go ahead lead for their first win of the 2006 season. Unfortunately, following an undisclosed injury, the Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve, ending his season with four games remaining.
He followed that overall performance with a forgettable 2007 season, although he did come on strong down the stretch. He made the most of his opportunities at the end, when the Buccaneers were resting many of their starters (which many analysts considered a mistake). He caught 22 passes during his 14-game season, 16 of those came in the last four contests and 10 coming in the last two. He also amassed 192 of his 301 yards in those four games.
Clayton got to play in his first post-season contest on January 6, 2008 against the eventual Super Bowl-champion New York Giants. He caught 3 passes for 39 yards.
After the 2008 season Clayton became a free agent, but re-signed with the Buccaneers to a new five-year deal. After signing the deal he made the famous "check is in the bank" quote. The Bucs released Clayton on September 4, 2010.
United Football League
New York Giants
On November 23, 2010, Clayton signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants following injuries to Giants receivers Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. The move also reunited Clayton with Giants quarterback Eli Manning with whom he shared a dorm during the NFL combine in 2004.On September 3 2011 Clayton was cut by the Giants
On September 23, the Giants re-signed Clayton after placing Domenik Hixon on injured reserve.
Clayton runs the Michael Clayton Generation Next Foundation, which is a non-profit organization aiding local charities around Tampa Bay and Baton Rouge; mainly the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and the Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Center. Clayton holds the annual Michael Clayton Celebrity Hoops Jam, a celebrity basketball game, to raise money for the foundation.
- ^ U.S. Army All-American Bowl All-Time Team: Offense
- ^ Clayton to be inducted in CLA hall
- ^ "NIC Greeks in Professional Football 2007". Greeks in Sports. North-American Interfraternity Conference. http://www.nicindy.org/whos_greek/greeks_in_sports/football/2007Football.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- ^ "Lines of Nu Psi". http://nupsialphas.org/lines.html.
- ^ Clayton To Re-Sign With Bucs
- ^ Nighthawks add pair of NFL veterans
- ^ Twitter - Adam Schefter Former Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton
- ^ Giants to sign Clayton - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
- ^ Clayton, Manning reunite as Giants
- ^ Giants WR Michael Clayton back with Eli Manning
LSU Tigers Football 2003 BCS & USA Today/ESPN National ChampionsJoseph Addai | Eric Alexander | Dwayne Bowe | Bennie Brazell | Michael Clayton | Tory Collins | Travis Daniels | Buster Davis | Peter Dyakowski | Matt Flynn | Randall Gay | Skyler Green | Devery Henderson | Marquise Hill | Jack Hunt | Brian Johnson | Donnie Jones | LaRon Landry | Chad Lavalais | Nate Livings | Matt Mauck | Adrian Mayes | Rudy Niswanger | Melvin Oliver | Stephen Peterman | Chase Pittman | Ronnie Prude | Marcus Randall | JaMarcus Russell | Marcus Spears | Craig Steltz | Cameron Vaughn | Justin Vincent | Corey Webster | Andrew Whitworth | Ben Wilkerson | Kyle Williams | Jonathan Zenon | Keith Zinger
Head Coach Nick Saban
Coaches Derek Dooley | Jimbo Fisher | Stan Hixon | Travis Jones | Will Muschamp
2004 NFL Draft First Round SelectionsEli Manning · Robert Gallery · Larry Fitzgerald · Philip Rivers · Sean Taylor · Kellen Winslow II · Roy Williams · DeAngelo Hall · Reggie Williams · Dunta Robinson · Ben Roethlisberger · Jonathan Vilma · Lee Evans · Tommie Harris · Michael Clayton · Shawn Andrews · D. J. Williams · Will Smith · Vernon Carey · Kenechi Udeze · Vince Wilfork · J. P. Losman · Marcus Tubbs · Steven Jackson · Ahmad Carroll · Chris Perry · Jason Babin · Chris Gamble · Michael Jenkins · Kevin Jones · Rashaun Woods · Benjamin Watson Draft years
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004 NFL Draft selections Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks AFC East: BUF · MIA · NE · NYJ • North: BAL · CIN · CLE · PIT • South: HOU · IND · JAC · TEN • West: DEN · KC · OAK · SD
NFC East: DAL · NYG · PHI · WAS • North: CHI · DET · GB · MIN • South: ATL · CAR · NO · TB • West: ARI · STL · SF · SEA
New York Giants current roster Active roster
5 Steve Weatherford | 8 David Carr | 9 Lawrence Tynes | 10 Eli Manning | 12 Jerrel Jernigan | 15 Devin Thomas | 20 Prince Amukamara | 21 Kenny Phillips | 22 Derrick Martin | 23 Corey Webster | 26 Antrel Rolle | 27 Brandon Jacobs | 28 DJ Ware | 30 Justin Tryon | 31 Aaron Ross | 33 Da'Rel Scott | 34 Deon Grant | 37 Michael Coe | 39 Tyler Sash | 44 Ahmad Bradshaw | 45 Henry Hynoski | 47 Travis Beckum | 51 Zak DeOssie | 53 Greg Jones | 55 Spencer Paysinger | 57 Jacquian Williams | 58 Mark Herzlich | 59 Michael Boley | 62 Mitch Petrus | 63 Jim Cordle | 64 David Baas | 65 Will Beatty | 66 David Diehl | 67 Kareem McKenzie | 71 Dave Tollefson | 72 Osi Umenyiora | 73 Jimmy Kennedy | 76 Chris Snee | 77 Kevin Boothe | 78 Stacy Andrews | 79 James Brewer | 80 Victor Cruz | 82 Mario Manningham | 83 Michael Clayton | 85 Jake Ballard | 86 Bear Pascoe | 88 Hakeem Nicks | 90 Jason Pierre-Paul | 91 Justin Tuck | 94 Mathias Kiwanuka | 95 Rocky Bernard | 97 Linval Joseph | 99 Chris Canty
Reserve lists Practice squad
19 Dan DePalma | 35 Andre Brown | 48 Christian Hopkins | 49 Antonio Coleman | 60 Selvish Capers | 69 Justin Trattou | 74 Dwayne Hendricks | 98 Adrian Tracy
AFC East: BUF · MIA · NE · NYJ • North: BAL · CIN · CLE · Persondata Name Clayton, Michael Alternative names Short description Date of birth October 13, 1982 Place of birth Baton Rouge, Louisiana Date of death Place of death
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