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Raymond DeWayne Clayborn (born January 2, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the New England Patriots (1977–1989) and Cleveland Browns (1990, 1991) of the National Football League (NFL). Before his NFL career, attended Green B. Trimble Technical High School and played for the University of Texas at Austin.
|Born:||January 2, 1955|
Fort Worth, Texas
|NFL Draft:||1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16|
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|Career NFL statistics|
Clayborn made the Pro Bowl three times with the Patriots. From 1977-1982, he was paired with Hall of Fame player Mike Haynes. For his first three seasons, he also played kick returner. As a rookie, he returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards and a league-leading 3 touchdowns, giving him an NFL-best and Patriots franchise record 31.0 yards per return average. He was a key player on three playoff teams, including 1978, 1982, and most notably 1985, recording a career-high six regular season interceptions (one for a touchdown) as the Patriots won three road playoff games en route to an improbable appearance in Super Bowl XX. In the Patriots 31-14 Conference Championship win over the Miami Dolphins, Clayborn helped frustrated Miami quarterback Dan Marino into having a terrible game during which he completed only 20 of 48 passes for 248 yards. Clayborn made one of two Patriots interceptions during the upset. In the subsequent 46-10 loss against the Bears in Super Bowl XX, the Patriots were undone by turnovers and smothered by Chicago's crushing 46 defense. Though Bears quarterbacks completed only 12 passes for 258 yards with no touchdowns, New England's secondary was beaten several times on catches for big gains. Clayborn recovered one of two Chicago fumbles while watching his offense turn the ball over six times.
An infamous story about a 1979 lockerroom confrontation between Clayborn and Boston Globe reporter Will McDonough has it that Clayborn, frustrated by his play after a 56-3 rout of the New York Jets, got into a shoving match with McDonough. The writer is said to have knocked the 6’0” 200 lbs. Pro Bowl corner into a laundry cart, but the story is likely apocryphal.
Clayborn finished his career with 36 interceptions, which he returned for 555 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and 3 touchdowns, and recovered 4 fumbles. At the time of his retirement, his 36 interceptions were a Patriots record. He is currently the NFL Uniform Program Representative for the Houston Texans.
He was elected to the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2017. On July 29, 2017, he signed a 1-day contract (at his request) prior to being inducted to officially retire as a New England Patriot.
- Ex-Patriots standout Clayborn honored by Trimble Tech
- Raymond Clayborn --Texas Sports
- Reiss, Mike. "Raymond Clayborn 'totally surprised' by Patriots Hall of Fame honor". ESPN. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
- "Raymond Clayborn, new Patriots Hall of Fame inductee, signs one-day contract to retire with New England (video)". masslive.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.