John Travis Clayton (born May 11, 1954) is an ESPN journalist and correspondent covering the National Football League (NFL). He also works as a senior writer for ESPN.com.
Clayton started covering athletics while he was still a student at Churchill Area High School. Beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 1972 training camp, he covered the team twice a week in St. Marys’s, Pennsylvania Daily Press.
Clayton later attended Duquesne University. He began writing for the Pittsburgh Press after graduating in 1976.
Clayton was assigned to cover a Steelers minicamp in May 1978 in place of the Press’ regular Steelers beat writer, Glenn Sheeley. During his time there, he found and reported a rule infringement that cost the organization a draught selection. Clayton labeled the incident “Shouldergate.” As a result of his involvement in the scandal, Clayton became a persona non grata in his community for a period of time.
Clayton eventually worked his way up to become the Press’s Steelers beat writer before leaving in 1986.
He relocated to Tacoma, Washington, and began covering the Seattle Seahawks for The News Tribune.
He began participating in NFL portions on Seattle sports radio station KJR (AM) on presenter Nanci Donnellan’s program “The Fabulous Sports Babe” around this time. Clayton joined Donnellan’s show as an NFL correspondent once it was picked up by ESPN for national syndication.
Family of John Clayton
Clayton was born on May 11, 1954, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA. Because he was born in America, it is obvious that he is a citizen of the United States. His ethnicity is Caucasian, and he was born under the sign of Taurus. He’s never mentioned his parents or siblings. He graduated from Churchill Area High School.
Net Worth of John Clayton
John Clayton’s net worth was estimated to be $31 million US dollars in 2022. John Clayton worked for ESPN as a writer and correspondent for the National Football League (NFL). He also worked as a senior writer for ESPN.com. John Clayton, a prominent ESPN and NFL reporter, passed away after a brief illness. He was 67 years old.
Salary of John Clayton
ESPN and the NFL pay John Clayton a base salary as well as a bonus. John Clayton’s current contract with ESPN pays him $2 million per year. In addition to this fixed income, John Clayton earns a bonus of $300,000 million.
Cause of Death: John Clayton
It has been revealed that the 67-year-old had been ailing for some time before passing away at the age of 67.
Wife of John Clayton
The 65-year-old man is married. He tied the knot with his devoted wife, Patrica Clayton. Gerald Clayton is the name of the couple’s kid. He has never been involved in any issues in his personal or professional life. Patricia Clayton had been a temporary employee at the Renton elections headquarters for four years, so she was astonished when her employers told her on Monday that she was no longer welcome. “They stated there was a complaint — accusations from my coworkers that I was a burden to them, asking them to help me,” Clayton explained.
Honors and awards
In 2007, Clayton won the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Dick McCann Memorial Award.
This honor places him in the Hall of Fame’s “writer’s wing.”
In addition, he was inducted into his alma mater, Duquesne University’s, athletics hall of fame in 2002.
Clayton was a regular contributor to KJR (AM) and presented its Saturday morning “Sports Saturday” show. He’s a frequent caller to sports-talk radio stations across the country. Clayton’s show was relocated to the new ESPN station due to KIRO (AM) Seattle’s switch to all-sports.
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He joined ESPN as a reporter in 1995, and eventually added a weekly radio show during the NFL offseason to his responsibilities. He co-hosted the show with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury, and it featured “Four Downs,” a debate with Salisbury about current NFL topics.
Their arguments were frequently heated, with Salisbury referring to Clayton as the “Cryptkeeper” and “Mr. Peabody,” insulting his geeky and “eggheaded” appearance and voice, and Clayton reacting by referring to Salisbury as “Mr. Backup” due to his limited playing time during his NFL career. The severity of the hatred between Salisbury and Clayton is debatable. On May 31, 2017, he was let go by ESPN.