Clifford Charlton

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Clifford Charlton
No. 58
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-02-16) February 16, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Tallahassee (FL) Leon
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 31
Games started: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Clifford Tyrone Charlton (born February 16, 1965) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons during the late 1980s. Charlton played college football for the University of Florida, and received All-American honors. A first-round pick in the 1988 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

Early years[edit]

Charlton was born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1965.[1] He attended Leon High School in Tallahassee,[2] where he was a standout high school football player for the Leon Lions.

College career[edit]

Charlton accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played linebacker for coach Galen Hall's Florida Gators football team from 1984 to 1987.[3] He was a member of the Gators' best-in-the-Southeastern Conference (SEC) football teams that posted identical 9–1–1 overall win-loss records in 1984 and 1985.[3] He was also a first-team All-SEC selection in 1986 and 1987, and a first-team All-American and team captain in 1987.[3] Charlton's fifteen forced fumbles, forty-nine career tackles for a loss and twenty-five quarterback sacks still rank first, fifth and fourth, respectively, on the Gators' all-time career records lists.[3]

Charlton graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988.

Professional career[edit]

Charlton was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft with the twenty-first overall pick,[4] and he played in thirty-one games for the Browns during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.[5] As a first round pick, the Browns had high expectations for Charlton. However, he suffered a severe knee injury that tore the MCL and ACL ligaments of his knee and prematurely ended his professional career.

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Players, Clifford Charlton. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  2. ^, Players, Clifford Charlton. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 88, 92, 96, 98, 124, 153–154, 180 (2011). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1988 National Football League Draft. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  5. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Clifford Charlton. Retrieved March 16, 2011.


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