Chris Clemons (defensive end)
Clemons in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles
No. 91 Jacksonville Jaguars
|Date of birth:October 30, 1981|
|Place of birth: Griffin, Georgia|
|High school: Griffin (GA)|
|Undrafted in 2003|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Washington Redskins|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Christopher Clemons (born October 30, 1981) is an American football defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Georgia.
Clemons attended Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter. He was named AAA-All Region first team and nominated for Region MVP by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He recorded 49 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble his senior year, as well as rushed for 80 yards on ten carries and 12 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a member of the track team.
Clemons was recruited by the University of Georgia in 1999. He started the 2000 season opener recording seven tackles, but then suffered a shoulder injury early in the season that sidelined him for several games. He played in 11 games in 2001, and starting three of them. He played in 12 games with ten starts during his junior season, recording 53 tackles, and one sack. He was then named Most Improved Linebacker of 2002.
First stint with Washington Redskins
After being undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, Clemons signed with the Washington Redskins. However, he spent that entire season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL. In 2004, he began to establish himself in the Redskins' defense, recording three sacks as a speed rusher late in the season. He was re-signed to the Redskins' active roster on November 24. He spent the 2004 training camp with the Redskins, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.
Clemons was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad after being cut by the Redskins.
Second stint with Washington Redskins
On March 1, 2008, Clemons signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is well known for stiff-arming of Tashard Choice on a fumble TD return in a playoff-clinching game versus the Dallas Cowboys on December 28, 2008, and body-slamming Tavaris Jackson in the subsequent first-round playoff game.
He was originally brought in to play the Leo position in Pete Carroll's defensive 4-3 over scheme, but with the injury of Red Bryant after week 7, Raheem Brock was moved into his place and Chris Clemons moved to starting left defensive end.
Chris Clemons led the team with a career high 11 sacks in both 2010 and 2011.
On September 24, 2012, Clemons recorded four sacks, all in the first half, in a victory over the Green Bay Packers.
On January 6, 2013, Clemons suffered a torn ACL in a 24-14 playoff victory over the Washington Redskins. Clemons was later placed on injured reserve. On September 20, 2013 the Seahawks announced Clemons will play for his season debut in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Clemons and the Seahwaks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII that season.
On March 12, 2014, Clemons was released by the Seahawks.
On March 13, 2014, Clemons signed a four-year, $17.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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