David Clowney

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David Clowney
David Clowney cropped.jpg
Clowney while with the New York Jets
No. 87 Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-07-08) July 8, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Amityville, New York
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia Tech
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 22
Receiving yards: 341
Receiving average: 15.5
Receiving TDs: 1
Stats at NFL.com

David Cortez Clowney IV (born July 8, 1985) is an American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

Clowney has also played for the New York Jets.

Early years[edit]

Clowney attended Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida. While there he was an honorable mention Class 5A All-State selection as a senior. He lettered four seasons as a receiver and safety for. Clowney was named to the All-Palm Beach County team as published by the Palm Beach Post. He made one of the season's biggest plays, a 99-yard touchdown catch against Blanche Ely High School in the regional finals. Clowney totaled 25 catches for 576 yards and a county-best ten touchdowns. He returned three kicks for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Clowney caught three passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a game against Wellington High School. He caught 39 passes his junior season.

Clowney was also a sprinter on the track team. He was a state finalist in the 200 meter dash and a regional finalist in the 100 meter dash. He also lettered two years as a guard in basketball.

College career[edit]

While at Virginia Tech, Clowney majored in Apparel, Housing and Resource Management. Clowney is pursuing a graduate degree at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey.[1]

Freshman (2003)[edit]

In 2003, Clowney played in 12 games. He had five receptions for 67 yards and a score for the season. He started his career catching two passes for 37 yards against the University of Central Florida, making a 27-yard touchdown catch from Marcus Vick late in the game.

Sophomore (2004)[edit]

In 2004, Clowney played in 12 games, catching 20 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He had a seven-yard reception against the University of Southern California. Clowney did not play against Western Michigan. He caught a 38-yard pass on the final drive against North Carolina State. Clowney earned his first collegiate start against Florida A&M, finishing the game with two catches for 34 yards and a 26-yard kickoff return. He recorded a 34-yard touchdown catch at Georgia Tech. Clowney tied his career high with four catches at University of Miami for 54 yards, he also had a 19-yard kickoff return. He was given the Frank O. Moseley Award, awarded to the top offensive hustler, following spring practice. Recorded a 450-pound back squat, a 36-inch vertical jump and a 4.33 40-yard dash in spring testing.

Junior (2005)[edit]

Clowney hurt his hand in the latter part of spring, 2005 which limited his play some.

In 2005, Clowney led the Hokies in receptions (34), receiving yards (619) and was second in average yards per catch (18.2). He also caught three touchdown passes. Clowney got off to a fast start, catching a 19-yard touchdown pass that proved to be the winning score in the season opener at NC State, he finished the game with three receptions for 30 yards. Clowney make three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown at Duke. He had a 52-yard reception against Ohio. Clowney caught three passes for 47 yards at West Virginia. He caught a 48-yard touchdown catch against Marshall. He caught three passes for 76 yards at Maryland. Clowney had three receptions for 58 yards against Boston College. He had three catches for 42 yards at Virginia. Clowney recorded four catches for 35 yards against Florida State. He caught two passes for 69 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder, in the win over Louisville in the 2006 Gator Bowl. Clowney started all but one game.

Senior (2006)[edit]

In 2006, Clowney played in 12 games, made 34 receptions for 424 yards, average 12.5 yards per reception, with a season long of 60 yards. He also carried the ball one time for a loss of five yards. He also returned two kick offs for a total of 44 yards, with a long of 24 yards.

Combine Tests[edit]

  • 40 yard dash = 4.35 seconds
  • 10 yard dash = 1.57 seconds
  • 20 yard short shuttle = 4.15 seconds
  • Vertical Jump = 40.5inches

Professional career[edit]

Clowney (right) during the 2009 preseason.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Clowney was selected in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

New York Jets[edit]


Clowney was signed by the New York Jets on October 3, 2007. He was released on October 23, and signed to the Jets practice squad two days later.[2] However he was released from the practice squad on December 11. He was re-signed by the Jets on January 15, 2008.[3]


In the 2008 preseason game Clowney led all receivers with four receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He finished preseason catching eight passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. However, Clowney injured his collar bone, and didn't have his first career NFL reception until Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills, when he had a one-handed catch that went for 26 yards.

2009 Season[edit]

Clowney caught 14 passes for 191 yards. He had 1 touchdown catch.


The Jets waived Clowney on September 5, 2010.[4] Clowney was immediately re-signed by the team on September 14, 2010 following their Week One matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.[5]

Clowney, along with teammate Patrick Turner, were released on October 4, 2010, to make room for defensive tackle Howard Green and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was returning from a four game suspension.[6]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Clowney was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers on October 5, 2010. On September 4, 2011 Clowney was cut by the Panthers[7]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On January 5, 2012 Clowney signed a future contract with the Buffalo Bills, the contract will see Clowney earn $700,000 in 2012 and become an unrestricted free agent in 2013 unless the Bills re-sign him.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Clowney was signed by Montreal Alouettes of the (CFL) Canadian Football League on November 12, 2012.[8] He suffered a neck injury on June 13, 2013 at a pre-season game against Hamilton Tiger Cats and was placed on 9 game injured reserve list.[9]

Regular season statistics[edit]

Pro. Career Off. Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD
2007 GB / NYJ* 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 NYJ 2 1 26 26.0 13.0 26 0
2009 NYJ 13 14 191 13.6 14.7 53 1
Total 15 15 217 14.5 14.5 53 1


  1. ^ NFL Player Enlists at CSE
  2. ^ New York Jets Transactions - 2007
  3. ^ NFL Transactions Report
  4. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (September 5, 2010). "Jets cut David Clowney, claim three off waivers". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (September 14, 2010). "Receiver David Clowney re-signs with the Jets; Danny Woodhead waived". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (October 4, 2010). "Jets cut David Clowney and Pat Turner to make space for Santonio Holmes, Howard Green". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Reed, Steve (October 5, 2010). "Panthers cut troubled wide receiver; sign former N.Y. Jet (UPDATED". Gaston Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ Montreal Alouettes. "Montreal Alouettes bio page". Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zurkowsky, Herb (June 16, 2013). "Close call for Alouettes’ David Clowney had him ‘scared’". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 

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