Patriots Talk: Raymond Clayborn Officially Inducted into The Patriots Hall of Fame
Many players in NFL history are less likely to be in the NFL Hall of Fame than winning the lottery on a single ticket. It’s been often known that players are likely to be content with earning the big money that comes with the sport than being remembered for any speculator plays. However, Raymond Clayborn is luckier than many who came before.
Claybron was a first round pick out of the 1977 draft class alongside fellow Patriots Hall of Famer and former [Wide Receiver], Stanley Morgan. He played from 2977 till 1986 with the team. He was a member for the Patriots’ 1970s and 1980s all-decade teams. He played in 161 consecutive games in his career and is tied with Ty Law for the franchise record for interceptions (36 picks). Clayborn spoke highly of Law and considered him the better player of the two.
“Realistically, Ty’s last season with the Patriots, he was injured after he tied it, and I believe he would have broken it if he hadn’t been injured,”
“So, I look at him officially as the guy that holds that record if he hadn’t been injured, he would have it. But I am proud of being tied with Ty Law, who I think belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Despite the kind words that Clayborn spoke of regarding Law, he is a player that is part of the Patriots history and helped during the harder times when the organization was still a new team by the time of the AFL-NFL merger in 1969. Clayborn will be honored for the 2017 Patriots Hall of Fame beating out retired players Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel for this year’s selection.