Chris Claiborne

Athlete, post-1970


Chris was an accomplished linebacker at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He won numerous awards as an All-American at USC before becoming a top 10 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Chris went on to play for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants.

  • Biography

    Chris was an accomplished linebacker at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He won numerous awards as an All-American at USC before becoming a top 10 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Chris went on to play for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants.

    Riverside Connection:
    J.W. North High School

    Accomplishments:
    Won All-State honors at both running back and linebacker at J.W. North High School
    All-American (1998) and All-Pac 10 (1997, 98) at USC
    The Sports Network and Football News National Defensive Player of the Year (1998)
    Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (1998)
    USC’s first Butkus Award winner (1998)
    USC’s team MVP (1998)
    Drafted in the first round (ninth pick) of the 1999 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions
    Registered 395 tackles, 15 sacks and eight interceptions in his NFL career

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