John Clayton

by MKhanal 24 Apr,2016
John Clayton
Personal Info
  • Father Kala
  • Birth Name John Travis Clayton
  • Net Worth $9 Million
  • Currently Married Yes
  • Birth Country Braddock, Pennsylvania
  • Married to Patricia Clayton
  • Famous Name John Clayton
  • Children N/A
  • Divorce N/A
  • Nationality American
  • Ethnicity White

John Travis Clayton,  professionally known as John Clayton, is a former National Football League writer and reporter for ESPN. He was also a senior writer for Clayton passed away in March 2022 from a brief unspecified illness.

Forty-five years in sports journalism isn't a small deal. As of 2022, John Clayton had an estimated net worth of $9 million and reportedly earned a yearly salary of over $6.5 million during his NFL reporting career.

Death of John Clayton

John passed away on March 18, 2022, in Bellevue, Washington. His family shared the devastating news shortly after his passing. As per sources, Clayton did not have any long-term diseases but passed away from a brief unspecified illness. His body was cremated after a few days in the nearby graveyard. 

John Clayton's Net Worth and Salary

After spending almost 45 years in sports journalism, John is a multimillionaire sports journalist.

John John reported with CNN for several years SOURCE: CNN

At the time of his death, John Clayton had an estimated net worth of $9 million, including all of his properties and earnings. While working with ESPN, he reportedly received an annual salary of $6.5 million.

Marital Status; Who is John Clayton's Wife?

John Clayton was a married man. He tied his knot with his loving wife, Patrica Clayton. The couple together has a son named Gerald Clayton. Clayton met Pat while working at The News Tribune in Tacoma, where she wrote a bowling column.

The couple married in 1996 and had been married for 23 years. John refers to marriage with his wife Pat as the best.

I can honestly say that my relationship with ESPN was the second best in my life. My marriage to my wife Pat is obviously No. 1.

He had never been part of controversies regarding his personal or professional career. He had about 1.4M followers and 3,762 tweets on Twitter. 

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Early Life and Family

In the United States, John Clayton was born on May 11, 1954, in Braddock, Pennsylvania. As he was born in America, it is obvious that he held citizenship in the United States. 

His ethnicity is white, and his birth sign is Taurus. He has never talked about his parents and siblings. He attended Churchill Area High School and enrolled at Duquesne University in 1972. 

Professional Career

Moving on to his professional life and career, he wrote for Steel City Sports, a weekly publication in Pittsburgh. He also served as a stringer for several radio networks. He accomplished his graduation from Duquesne University in 1976 and later worked for The Pittsburgh Press.

He had done part-time work for the paper while attending college. He joined ESPN in 1995, providing him with a perfect platform for his career. He worked as a reporter and later added to his duties as a weekly radio show during the NFL offseason.

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He has also worked for Radio Programs as a frequent contributor to KJR (AM) and hosted its “Sports Saturday” show on Saturday Mornings. 

Awards and Recognition

John earned his first major recognition in 2001 after being inducted into the sports hall of fame of his alma mater, Duquesne University. Clayton won the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 in regard to his long and distinguished contribution to the coverage of pro football. 

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