Claridge during his tenure at USC.
|Date of birth:||March 23, 1978|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, Michigan|
|Date of death:||February 28, 2006(aged 27)|
|Place of death:||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Vancouver (WA) Fort Vancouver|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37|
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Travis Claridge (March 23, 1978 – February 28, 2006) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he played for the Atlanta Falcons between 2000 and 2003 and for the Carolina Panthers in 2004.
Travis Claridge grew up in Almont, Michigan. His dad coached football at Almont H.S. When he was in the 4th grade he moved with his dad to California. Then as a 7th grader Travis and his dad moved to Vancouver, Washington. Travis went to Fort Vancouver High School. while at Fort Vancouver High School, Claridge went from 23% bodyfat to 13% while his closest friends Steve Meuchel and Shane Sisseck went to parties Travis spent his time in the gym and following his dreams with a lot of dedication and strength In 1995, he became the number one offensive lineman in the country and the number two high school football player in the nation. He choose the Trojans of the University of Southern California over 60-plus schools.
Claridge started 48 games for USC and the first to do so as a true freshman in college football and was voted the Pac-10 top offensive linesman in 1999. Started in both the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. He won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10s top lineman.
After being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2000 draft, he started for 62 games in his first four seasons. However, a knee injury limited him to 6 games in the 2003 and the Falcons did not extend his contract.
Although he signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in 2004, he was cut during training camp. In 2005, Claridge played two games at the Right Tackle position with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League. He played brilliantly in his debut and was voted MVP of the game. It was the first time any player in his first CFL game was voted player of the game. He was injured in his second game and did not play again.
After being found unconscious at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was transported to Saint Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson where he later died at age 27. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on 10 May 2006 that the cause of death was acute pneumonia, exacerbated by respiratory depression brought on by intoxication with the painkiller oxycodone .