After playing with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League, Clanton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players and played with the team that season. He played at the collegiate level at Auburn University.
In 1985, while playing for the USFL's Birmingham Stallions, Clanton set a professional football record by recording 16 interceptions in a single season, eclipsing the previous mark of 14 set in 1952 by Dick 'Night Train' Lane of the Los Angeles Rams.
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