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Willie James Clay (born September 5, 1970) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints.

Willie Clay
Born: (1970-09-05) September 5, 1970 (age 49)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight184 lb (83 kg)
CollegeGeorgia Tech
High schoolLinsly School
(Wheeling, West Virginia)
NFL draft1992 / Round: 8 / Pick:221
Career history
As player
1992–1995Detroit Lions
1996–1998New England Patriots
1999New Orleans Saints
Career stats

Clay attended Linsly High School in Wheeling, West Virginia where he earned twelve varsity letters playing football, basketball, and baseball.

While in college at Georgia Tech, he made 16 career interceptions to break the school record (formerly 14)[1] and was part of the 1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team that won the NCAA national championship.

Clay is the nephew of Dwight Clay who was a basketball player for the University of Notre Dame. Dwight Clay was nicknamed "The Iceman" and is famous for hitting the game winning jump shot that ended UCLA's NCAA all-time record 88-game winning streak on January 19, 1974.