Clayton Holmes

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Clayton Holmes
Clayton Holmes.jpg
No. 47
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-08-23) August 23, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Florence (SC) Wilson
College: Carson–Newman
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 35
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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, track (long jump) 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 (58th overall) 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]

While suspended, he incurred in a fifth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy and was suspended for 4 additional games. On February 10, 1996, he was released from the team.[5]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Holmes signed with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 1997, reuniting him with former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] His post-football life became a turbulent mix of personal problems and financial difficulties.[9]


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