Clinton Hart

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Clinton Hart
No. 42
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-07-20) July 20, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Dade City, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Bushnell (FL) South Sumter
College: Central Florida
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2000 for the Tallahassee Thunder
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Clinton Glenn Hart (born July 20, 1977 in Dade City, Florida) is a former American football safety. He last played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.[1] He was signed by the Tallahassee Thunder as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He attended College of Central Florida.

Hart has been a member of the Tampa Bay Storm, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers, and St. Louis Rams.

Early years[edit]

Hart was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 32nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft[2] out of high school but elected to play baseball close to home at College of Central Florida.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

After spending the 2000 season with the Tallahassee Thunder of the af2, Hart played defensive back and wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Storm of Arena Football League in 2001. He finished his only season in the AFL recording three interceptions and 69 tackles on defense and 24 receptions for 242 yards and touchdown on offense.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

After success in the AFL, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Hart to a contract in 2002 and allocated him to NFL Europe, where he played for the Rhein Fire and Amsterdam Admirals. He spent the final six weeks of the season on the Eagles practice squad.

In 2003, Hart was able to make the roster and started 9 games at safety due to an injury to starter Brian Dawkins. On September 14, 2004, the Eagles waived him.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On September 15, 2004, Hart was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers. Hart played in 14 games for the Chargers in 2004 and was tied with Hanik Milligan for the team lead with in special teams tackles with 15.

In 2005, Hart started 5 of 16 games and recorded 45 tackles and an interception. He also scored two touchdowns on an interception return and an interception by Donnie Edwards who lateralled to him for the score. In 2006 he started one of 16 games, recording 48 tackles and three interceptions.

In 2007, Hart became the Chargers full-time starter at strong safety, starting all 16 games. He finished the season recording a career high five interceptions and 85 tackles.

On April 7, 2008, the Chargers signed Hart to a five-year extension through 2012.[3] During the 2008 season, he remained the Chargers starter at strong safety, starting in all 14 games he played. He finished the season with 63 tackles and 0 interceptions.

Hart was cut from the Chargers on October 14, 2009.[4]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Hart was signed by the St. Louis Rams on December 8, 2009. He became a free agent on March 5, 2010.

Personal life[edit]

On April 28, 2010, it was reported he was arrested for the battery of his wife after she discovered a female chatting with him on Facebook. He denied the charges.[5]

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