Christopher Ashon Claiborne (born July 26, 1978) is a coach at Oaks Christian High School. Claiborne is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. Claiborne played college football for the University of Southern California, and was recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants of the NFL.
Claiborne was born in San Diego, California. He attended John W. North High School in Riverside, California, and was a letterman in both football and basketball. In football, he won All-State honors at both running back and linebacker as a senior under head coach Mark Paredes. Claiborne graduated from high school in 1996.
Claiborne accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team from 1996 to 1998. As a senior in 1998, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. He is also USC's first and only Butkus award winner.
The Detroit Lions selected Claiborne in the first round (ninth pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions from 1999 to 2002. He later played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2003 to 2004, the St. Louis Rams in 2005, and the New York Giants in 2006. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in August 2007 but was released before the start of the 2007 regular season.
In February 2013, Coach Claiborne began coaching at Oak Christian School. He now coaches at Calabasas High School.
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700
Since then, other star linebackers such as Willie McGinest, Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers have worn the number, making it a coveted jersey to earn. “USC is all about tradition, and to put that number on means something,” McGinest said during the ...
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:06:15 -0700
Sarkisian recognized the prominence of players like Junior Seau, Willie McGinest and Chris Claiborne that have earned it over the course of their USC careers and believes a slight oversight handed the number away for Spring Football, but that hopefully ...
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:54:45 -0700
The team hasn't taken a linebacker in the first round since Ernie Sims, and other than Chris Claiborne and Reggie Brown, it's a position that hasn't seen much play early over the last decade for the franchise. With an explosive talent like Mack sitting ...
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:22 -0700
Since that time, other star defensive players from Willie McGinest to Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers have also worn the heralded number. It has taken on a life of itself in Trojan lore. This spring, Sarkisian gave No. 55 to early enrollee offensive ...
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:10:53 -0700
Greats such as Junior Seau, Willie McGinest and Chris Claiborne wore No. 55 at USC. Sarkisian raised some eyebrows around USC when he assigned Lobendahn No. 55, the number he wore in high school. McGinest attended Saturday's scrimmage and ...
Reign of Troy
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:28:07 -0700
All in all, some of the greatest Trojan linebackers have been awarded the number, including Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers, along with McGinest and Seau. Both Clairborne and Rivers earned All-American honors during their time at USC. Currently ...
Los Angeles Daily News
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:18:45 -0700
Number game. Lobendahn is controversially wearing No. 55, which is unusual because the number has a long tradition of being worn by the Trojans' best linebacker. Former USC stars like Junior Seau, Willie McGinest and Chris Claiborne previously wore it.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:11:15 -0700
Rudinski has learned under the watchful eye of former NFL linebacker and 1998 Butkus Award Winner Chris Claiborne, both at Oaks Christian and on the 7v7 circuit playing for the Frat Boyz. “Playing for Claiborne, when he came in, he brought an energy to ...
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