John Clayton Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Kids, Height and Net Worth

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 Who is John Clayton?

John Travis Clayton was a famous American sports journalist who was a National Football League (NFL) writer and reporter for ESPN. Additionally, he was a senior writer for

John Clayton career

Early career

John started covering sports while still at Churchill Area High School as a student. Beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 1972 training camp, he covered the team in twice-weekly dispatches in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania Daily Press. Later, Clayton wrote for Steel City Sports, a weekly publication in Pittsburgh. Steel City Sports turned into Score! Pittsburgh in 1975, and he was a staff writer, covering the Steelers. Also, he worked as a stringer for a number of radio networks such as AP Radio and covered games. He provided the network with sound clips from locker room interviews following games involving Pittsburgh’s professional sports team.

In 1976, Clayton graduated from Duquesne University and then worked for The Pittsburgh Press. While attending college, he had done part-time work for the paper. John was sent to cover a Steelers mini-camp in May 1978, in place of the Press’s regular Steelers beat writer, Glenn Sheeley. He discovered and reported a rules violation which would later cost the team a draft pick while there. He dubbed the affair ”Shouldergate”, and he became persona non grata for a while in his hometown for his role in the affair.

John finally worked his way up to become the Steelers beat writer at the Press, prior to leaving the paper in 1986. He then moved across the country and started covering the Seattle Seahawks for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, During this time he started appearing in NFL sections on Seattle sports radio station KJR (AM) on host Nanci Donnellan’s show ”The Fabulous Sports Babe”. After Donnellan’s program was chosen by ESPN for national syndication, John went along as an NFL correspondent.

A photo of John Clayton
A photo of John Clayton

How old is John Clayton?

John Travis Clayton died at the age of 67 on March 18, 2022, in Washington state, after a short illness. He was born on May 11, 1954, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S. Clayton shares his birthday with famous people including Sabrina Carpenter, Coi Leray, Lana Condor, Cam Newton, Salvador Dali, Cory Monteith, Kamaru Usman, Andrés Iniesta, Richard Feynman, Irving Berlin, among others.

John Clayton Family

Who are John Clayton’s parents?

John Travis Clayton was born to his parents in Braddock, Pennsylvania. His parents are not well known as he has not revealed any information about them to the media.

Does John Clayton have siblings?

Since Clayton did not share any information about his family, it is unclear if he has any siblings. This information will be updated once there is any information about them.

John Clayton Education

Clayton attended Churchill Area High School, where he graduated. He then joined and studied at Duquesne University graduating in 1976.

John Clayton Wife

Clayton was married to his supportive and longtime wife, Patricia Clayton till his demise. She worked for four years at the polling center in Renton as a casual worker.

John Clayton Kids

Clayton and his wife, Patricia have one child together. They are blessed with one son, namely Gerald Clayton.

John Clayton Height

Clayton had a well-built, athletic, and physically fit body, adding up to an average height of 5 ft 9 in (1.70 m) and a moderate weight of 66 kg (144 lbs).


John joined ESPN as a reporter in 1995 and then added to his duties a weekly radio program within the NFL offseason. He hosted the program with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury. The program consisted of ”Four Downs,” a debate with Salisbury over current NFL issues.

Their debates frequently became quite heated with Salisbury referring to Clayton as the ”Cryptkeeper” and ”Mr. Peabody”, mocking his geeky and ”eggheaded” appearance and voice. Clayton also responded by calling Salisbury ”Mr. Backup” according to his short playing time within his NFL career. There is debate as to the seriousness of the rivalry between Salisbury and Clayton. Jon later was laid off from ESPN on May 31, 2017.

Radio programs

John remained a frequent contributor to KJR (AM) and hosted its ”Sports Saturday” program on Saturday mornings. Across the country, Clayton was a regular caller to sports-talk radio stations. Due to the transition to all-sports of KIRO (AM) Seattle, he moved his program to the new ESPN station. He also contributed to 104.3 The Fan’s website and radio station in Denver. Additionally, he was a weekly guest on The Mightier 1090 AM’s Kaplan & Crew program in San Diego.

Awards and honors

Clayton earned the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. The distinction puts him in the ”writer’s wing” of the Hall of Fame. Clayton was additionally inducted in 2001, into the sports hall of fame of his alma mater, Duquesne University.

John Clayton Net Worth

American National Football league analyst and sports radio host, Clayton has been active from1972 to 2022. Receiving various awards, he has served ESPN and several radio programs in his career. John has garnered an accumulative net worth of approximately $10 million as of 2022.