John Clayton, whose list of contacts in the NFL was matched only by his attention to detail and dedication to his craft, died Friday in Washington after a brief illness, his family said. He was 67.
Clayton, nicknamed “The Professor,” was one of the country’s foremost NFL insiders in a five-decade career that included over 20 years with ESPN.
Clayton’s pursuit of news and information was done with such fervor that, as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said, “Anyone paying attention walked away a little more educated.”
Clayton, a native of Braddock, Pennsylvania, began his career in 1972 as a teenager covering the Pittsburgh Steelers in a season that included the “Immaculate Reception.”
He continued his work up until just 10 days ago, when he broke down the Seattle Seahawks’ blockbuster trade of Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos for Seattle Sports 710 AM, where he was a regular contributor.
John Clayton Siblings: Did John Clayton Have Any Sibling?
Before his death, John Clayton managed to keep his personal life strictly away from the media. Our efforts to find out more about his family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available.
It is also not known if John Clayton had any siblings. Nevertheless, this section will be updated as soon as it is available.
John Clayton Cause Of Death: How Did John Clayton Die?
As of the time of this writing, John Clayton’s Cause of death is reported to have been a short illness. His close friends have not also communicated any information about his cause of death.