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Chris Claiborne
No. 50, 55, 52
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-26) July 26, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: John W. North High School
Riverside, California
College: Southern California
NFL draft: 1999 – 1st round – 9th pick
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 105
Games started: 89
Tackles: 400
Interceptions: 8
Sacks: 15.0
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Christopher Ashon Claiborne (born July 26, 1978) 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.

Early years[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1999 DET 15 66 50 16 1.5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2000 DET 16 101 62 39 0.5 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
2001 DET 16 119 77 42 4.0 1 1 0 2 11 6 6 0 6
2002 DET 16 100 72 28 4.5 0 1 0 3 63 21 43 1 7
2003 MIN 12 80 61 19 3.0 1 2 0 1 3 3 3 0 7
2004 MIN 12 56 38 18 1.0 1 1 0 1 15 15 15 1 5
2005 STL 14 38 33 5 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 NYG 4 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 105 562 394 168 15.0 8 8 0 8 93 12 43 2 31



In February 2013, Coach Claiborne began coaching at Oak Christian School. He now coaches at Calabasas High School.[2]

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