The New England Patriots will induct CB Raymond Clayborn to the franchise Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 29th, per a team press release. The ceremony will be “free and open to the public and will be held following training camp practice” on the NRG Plaza by The Hall at Patriot Place.
The time of the practice and ensuing ceremony will be announced at a later date, per the team.
“Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowl player (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career that extended from 1977 through 1989,” per the release. “He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977 and quickly established himself as one of the game’s best cornerbacks, as well as a superb kickoff returner. He set a franchise record with 36 career interceptions, a record which Ty Law tied in 2004 and remains today, 28 years after Clayborn finished his Patriots career. His 555 interception return yards rank second in franchise history to Law’s 583 return yards.
“Clayborn also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and three touchdowns. As a rookie in 1977, he returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards and led the NFL with a 31.0-yard return average and returned three kicks for touchdowns, both of which remain franchise records. He is one of just 20 NFL players since the 1970 merger to finish a season with a better than 30.0-yard average on kickoff returns (min. 20 returns) and is the only Patriots player to accomplish the feat.”
Clayborn was a part of 10 winning seasons out of his 13 years in a Patriots uniform including one Super Bowl appearance and was named to the Patriots 1970s and 1980s All-Decade teams.