Clayborn had a superb career with the Patriots, making the Pro Bowl 3 times. As a rookie, he returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards and a league leading 3 touchdowns, giving him an NFL best 31 yards per return average. His best season was in 1985, recording 6 interceptions and assisting his team to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XX, and recovered a fumble in the game.
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.