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John Clayton

Highest Rated: 89% High Tide (1987)

Lowest Rated: 89% High Tide (1987)

Birthday: May 11, 1954

Birthplace: Not Available

While at Duquesne, played football and reported for the school newspaper (The Duquesne Duke). After graduating Duquesne, worked for the Pittsburgh Press. While covering a 1970s Steelers spring minicamp, discovered and reported that the team was practicing in pads, in violation of an NFL rule---a rule that Steelers owner Dan Rooney was pivotal in passing. The violation (the reporting of which was labeled "shouldergate") was uncovered during locker-room interviews following the closed minicamp. The transgression cost the team a third-round draft pick, which would have been a handful of slots ahead of where Pittsburgh native Joe Montana was selected by the San Francisco 49ers. Joined ESPN in 1995. His knowledge of pro football, displayed there, has earned him the nickname of "The Professor." Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 by virtue of winning the Dick McCann Memorial Award, which is voted on by pro-football writers. His advice to aspiring journalists in the changing media environment, he told the Duquesne Duke, is to "find a specialty, something you really have a passion for, and become an expert." On the Colts-Saints matchup in Super Bowl XLIV, wrote: "...The presence of both teams shows how the league has changed from one geared toward defense and running to an emphasis on passing. Blame the Colts for changing the trend...."

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Jelly Dolly Actor 2004
No Score Yet Subterano Actor 2002
No Score Yet Police Rescue Insp. Bill Adams 1994
No Score Yet Breaking Loose Neville 1990
No Score Yet The Everlasting Secret Family Mayor 1989
No Score Yet Out of the Body Det. Sgt. Whitaker 1988
No Score Yet Vicious Graham Price 1988
89% High Tide Col 1987
No Score Yet Midnite Spares Vincent 1983
No Score Yet Ginger Meggs Mr. Wentworth 1982
No Score Yet Freedom Employment Officer 1982
No Score Yet Far East Tony Alsop 1982
No Score Yet Dawn! Syd 1979
No Score Yet Palm Beach Eric Tailor 1979
No Score Yet Summerdog Producer Director 1978
No Score Yet Newsfront Cliff the Production Manager 1978
No Score Yet High Rolling in a Hot Corvette Arnold 1977


No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer 2012
90% Farscape
Verell 1999


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