Clayton Holmes

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Clayton Holmes
No. 47
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-08-23) August 23, 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Wilson High School
College: Carson-Newman College
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 1992 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1995 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Clayton Holmes (born August 23, 1969 in Florence, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player who was drafted in the third round of the 1992 NFL draft and played cornerback for four seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. He won 3 Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

Early years[edit]

He attended Wilson High School where he was a wishbone quarterback. He also lettered in baseball, long jump in track and tennis.

Because of grades he enrolled at North Greenville Junior College where he was the starting quarterback. After 2 years, he transferred to Carson-Newman College where he was converted to cornerback.[1] As a senior in 1991, he became one of the NAIA top football players, receiving the South Atlantic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year award, Little All-American honors and also played in the Blue–Gray Football Classic.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Holmes was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1992 NFL draft. As a rookie he was used mostly as a special teams player, finishing second on the team with 15 tackles and also registering a fumble recovery in Super Bowl XXVII.

On August 14, 1993, during the first pre-season game, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was lost for the season.[3]

In 1995, he started 6 games at cornerback in place of an injured Kevin Smith, while free agent Deion Sanders reached a contract agreement with the Dallas Cowboys. That same year in November, the NFL suspended him for four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. A week later, the suspension was increased to one year.[4][5]

While suspended, he incurred in a fifth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy and was suspended for 4 additional games.[6] On February 10, 1996, he was released from the team.[7]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Holmes signed with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 1997, reuniting him with former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson.[8] Looking to play for the first time since November 1995, he failed another drug test that resulted in a 4 game suspension and his eventual release on October 13, 1997.[9]

Topeka Knights[edit]

In 1999, he played for the Topeka Knights of the Indoor Football League.

Kansas Koyotes[edit]

In 2003 he signed with the Kansas Koyotes of the American Professional Football League, where he played for two seasons.

Personal life[edit]

Holmes filed suit against the NFL for involuntarily enrolling him in a drug treatment program, after he tested positive for marijuana, but his claim was dismissed.[10] His post-football life became a turbulent mix of personal problems and financial difficulties.[11]

In 2010, he moved to Wenatchee, Washington and began working as a personal trainer and motivational speaker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2506&dat=19900115&id=b4RJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2gsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2987,4417641
  2. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19911220&id=21IgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=984EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5046,1157801
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19930816&id=4fghAAAAIBAJ&sjid=taIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3368,150941
  4. ^ http://www.texnews.com/cowboys/cowglance010197.html
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19951108&id=LmhNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8jYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3483,2577886
  6. ^ http://www.texnews.com/1998/1999/cowboys/lett0606.html
  7. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=19960211&id=kKtUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sDsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2458,2376157
  8. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19970226&id=rD1UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=O44DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6206,3250447
  9. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19971014&id=qFMgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pM8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5389,3125266
  10. ^ Holmes v. NFL, 939 F. Supp. 517 (N.D.Tex. 1996)
  11. ^ ESPN: Jeff Pearlman: From a Benz to a bike

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