Clayton delivers a report to anchor Stan Verrett. Once his on-air hit is over, the secret rock n’ roller rips off his faux suit, lets down his mullet and cranks up the OSRS Gold music.”Hey Mom, I’m done with my segment,” screams Clayton, while chowing down in his bed.
Clayton played the spot for laughs. But there’s no joking about his Hall of Fame journalism career. He started covering sports as a Pennsylvania high schooler. Clayton covered the Terry Bradshaw-Mean Joe Greene Steelers for the Pittsburgh Press in 1976.That memorable team reached the AFC championship game before it lost to Ken Stabler and John Madden’s eventual Super Bowl champion Raiders.
Clayton served as the Tacoma News Tribune’s Seahawks beat writer from 1986 through 1998.MORE: Saying goodbye to “Mike & Mike”In 2007, Clayton was inducted into the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Clayton is still talking NFL with an ESPN connection. He has his own weekday radio show on 710 ESPN KIRO Seattle. The AM sports radio station is not owned by ESPN, however. It’s Buy OSRS Mobile Gold owned by Bonneville International and licenses the ESPN name.
Clayton is the latest big NFL name to emerge from the ESPN layoffs. Among the others:— Trent Dilfer, former Super Bowl winning quarterback turned “Sunday NFL Countdown” analyst. Joined ESPN 2008.— Ed Werder, NFL Insider. Joined 1998.— Britt McHenry, Sunday NFL Countdown correspondent.
Joined 2014.— Ashley Fox, reporter/analyst for SportsCenter. Joined 2011.— Paul Kuharsky, Titans beat writer for NFL Nation. Joined 2013.MORE: ESPN adjusts programming for NBA FinalsESPN is not the only media outfit laying off seasoned, respected sports journalists.