Clifton Geathers

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Clifton Geathers
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Geathers in 2015
Free agent
Position:Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 (age 31)
Georgetown, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Carvers Bay
(Hemingway, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:24
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Clifton Geathers (born December 11, 1987) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of South Carolina.

He has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early years[edit]

After playing at Carvers Bay High School, Geathers accepted a scholarship from the University of South Carolina. As a sophomore, he appeared in 13 games (one start) and recorded 29 tackles. The next year, he played in 12 games, posting 41 tackles (8.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He declared for the NFL draft before his senior season.[1][2][3] He finished his college career with 72 tackles (12 tackles for loss), 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, while playing in 36 games.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 7 12 in
(2.02 m)
299 lb
(136 kg)
37 34 in
(0.96 m)
11 18 in
(0.28 m)
4.98 s 1.72 s 2.87 s 7.69 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Geathers was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft.[5] He was released in their final cuts.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On September 5, 2010, Geathers was awarded to the Miami Dolphins on waiver claims.[6] He was waived on November 26, 2010.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Geathers signed with the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2010. He was with the team until he was cut on December 7, 2010.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On December 8, 2010, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys. He appeared in one game and was declared inactive for three others. He was released on August 31, 2012.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On October 3, 2012, Geathers was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.[7] He would replace former Baylor nose tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste. Geathers would spend 4 days total on Indianapolis' practice squad before being elevated to the active roster due to an injury to Colts' defensive end, Fili Moala.[8] He recorded a sack against the Houston Texans on December 30, 2012.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Geathers (#90 on right) pursuing Robert Griffin III in 2013.

Geathers was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for fullback Stanley Havili on March 28, 2013.[9]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Geathers signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Washington Redskins on March 13, 2014.[10] He was released on November 1, 2014.[11]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Geathers signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent on December 1, 2014, following an injury to Brett Keisel. He was a game-day inactive for each of the 5 (4 regular season and 1 postseason) games he was on the Steelers roster.

Geathers signed another one-year contract with the Steelers on April 1, 2015.[12] On August 7, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.[13]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Robert Geathers Jr., was a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. His uncle, Jumpy Geathers, played defensive end in the NFL. Clifton's father, Robert Geathers Sr., was a third-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, but an injury ended his career. His younger brother, Kwame Geathers, played college football at The University of Georgia and is currently a nose tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. His cousin Clayton Geathers plays defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts.


  1. ^ South Carolina Gamecocks player bio for Clifton Geathers
  2. ^ CBS Sports: Clifton Geathers
  3. ^ NFL Mocks: Andrew Melnick, South Carolina DE Clifton Geathers Headed to the NFL
  4. ^ NFL Draft Scout Profile
  5. ^ Cleveland Browns take South Carolina Clifton Geathers in sixth round of NFL Draft 2010
  6. ^ Miami Herald, September 5, 2010
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  9. ^ Eagles Trade For DE Clifton Geathers
  10. ^ Redskins Make Clifton Geathers Official
  11. ^ Florio, Mike. "Washington dumps Clifton Geathers". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Gantt, Darin (April 1, 2015). "Steelers bring back defensive end Clifton Geathers for a year". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Steelers make roster moves". August 7, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

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