Clay Harbor

Clay Harbor

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Harbor with the Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 84Detroit Lions
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-02) July 2, 1987
Place of birth: Libertyville, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Dwight (IL)
College: Missouri State
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2016
Receptions: 112
Receiving yards: 1,154
Touchdowns: 8
Player stats at

Clayton Lee "Clay" Harbor (born July 2, 1987) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri State. He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots.

Early years

Harbor is the son on Jeff Harbor and Donna Norman. He grew up in Dwight, Illinois and attended Dwight High School, which had a graduating class of only 74 during Harbor's senior year. He was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, and track. In his final three seasons, he earned All-Interstate 8 Conference honors in each sport. In football, Harbor played wide receiver and safety, and broke the school record with 60 receptions, 1,079 yards, and 19 touchdowns.

Harbor was not offered a scholarship in football, and decided to try and earn a basketball scholarship until he sustained an injury during his senior basketball season. Harbor's brother Cory, who played linebacker for the Missouri State Bears, persuaded the coaches at Missouri State to give Harbor a chance, and he was offered a scholarship.[1]

College career

During his freshman year at Missouri State, Harbor was redshirted. The following year, as a redshirt freshman, he played in 11 games, starting two of the eleven at wide receiver. He caught six passes for 73 yards in 2006. His best game that season was in a win against Southwest Baptist University, in which he brought in three receptions for 34 yards, including a touchdown. He also caught a 31-yard pass against Oklahoma State.[2]

Harbor switched positions as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, moving from wide receiver to tight end. Against Southern Illinois, he caught seven passes for 87 yards. He made five receptions for 106 yards against Indiana State University, and he set school records for receptions and yards in a single season as a tight end with 45 receptions and 647 yards. Following the season, he earned Associated Press third-team All-America and first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) honors. As a sophomore he was named Missouri State's offensive player of the year.[3]

As a junior, he led the Bears with 40 receptions for 457 yards. He earned second-team Associated Press All-America honors after the season. By the end of his junior season he kept his streak alive of 22 consecutive games with a reception. Twice he earned Missouri State University Coors Player of the Week in his junior season. He also broke the 1,000 career receiving yard mark on his way to receive first-team All-MVFC honors for the second straight year as well as Missouri State's Offensive Player of the Year.[4]

In his senior year, he tallied 59 receptions, which was second-most in the nation among tight ends, with 729 yards. He was first among tight ends in receiving yards per game with 66.3 yards. He ended his career as the all-time receptions leader at Missouri State with 150 as well as third in receiving yards with 1,906. Following the season he earned Football Championship Subdivision first-team All-America honors and first-team All-MVFC honors for the third straight year. He was also placed on the MVFC All-Silver Anniversary Squad.

Professional career

Harbor was one of 20 players selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine from the FCS or a lower division.[5] Among tight ends, he finished first in the bench press with 30 repetitions of 225 pounds, second in the vertical jump with 40 inches, and fourth in the 40-yard dash with 4.62 seconds.[6]

Philadelphia Eagles

Harbor was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a four-year contract worth $2.243 million with $453,000 guaranteed on June 15, 2010.[7][8] In 2010, he recorded nine receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. Against the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie, he caught three passes for 55 yards and had a touchdown reception.[9] Harbor was released on August 31, 2013.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Harbor was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2013. He played all 16 games in the 2013 season for the Jaguars, catching 24 passes for 292 yards, and scoring 2 touchdowns.

New England Patriots

On March 30, 2016 Harbor signed with the New England Patriots. On October 3, 2016, he was released by the Patriots.[10]

Detroit Lions

On October 4, 2016, Harbor was signed by the Lions.[11]


  1. Eagles Media Guide
  2. Missouri State Bio
  3. Missouri State Bio
  4. Missouri State Bio
  5. Eagles Media Guide
  6. NFL Combine
  7. McPherson, Chris (June 15, 2010). "Four-Year Deals For Kafka, Harbor". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  8. Caplan, Adam (June 15, 2010). "PHI: Two 4th-Rounders Sign". Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  9. Eagles Media Guide
  10. "Patriots release TE Clay Harbor". October 3, 2016.
  11. "Lions sign TE Clay Harbor, release TE Orson Charles". October 4, 2016.
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