Clayborn Went On Farewell Tour

May 14th, 2011

Joe knows some players care about their community, but Bucs first-round pick Adrian Clayborn seems to have gone the extra mile before getting his NFL Draft ticket out of the Hawkeye state.

Joe found a blog entry about it from Des Moines Register columnist Sean Keeler.

Why the goodwill tour?

“I mean, it’s pretty much my last couple weeks in Iowa for a while,” Adrian Clayborn told me this morning. “I figured I wanted to give back to the community — not only the fans, but go and visit kids in the hospitals. I’m going to a retirement home today. Just to give back to the fans who watched the games and supported the Hawkeyes.”

The former Iowa defensive end and all-Big Ten pass-rusher is in the middle of a four-day farewell tour of the Hawkeye state, a run that began with his pro day in Iowa City Monday; continues in Des Moines on Wednesday; and concludes on Thursday in Coralville with a hospital tour, a book reading, and an NCAA basketball tournament watch party.

“People spend a lot of money, especially with the economy now, (on the Hawkeyes),” the St. Louis native continued. “Season tickets are outrageous — I wouldn’t pay that. It’s definitely the least that I could do. It doesn’t take much energy out of my day; anything I can do to give back is a plus.”

Joe also found additional evidence of Clayborn working the community circuit in Iowa in the weeks leading up to the draft.

Does this mean he’ll get to the quarterback? Of course not. But consider Joe impressed. The guy knew he was leaving town yet he was still out there serving the community.

Joe has to laugh about Clayborn thinking Hawkeyes season ticket prices are outrageous and saying, “I wouldn’t pay that.” A little research revealed to Joe that an Iowa season ticket for the general public in 2011 costs $374 for seven home games — about $53 per game.

It seems the Bucs drafted a guy that understands blackouts.

30 Responses to “Clayborn Went On Farewell Tour”

  1. Tuggz Says:

    Welllllll….. you can get new customer USF Bulls season tickets for $65 lol. Still, $53 a game is not outrageous. Considering there’s no other sports in the state to watch.

  2. RastaMon Says:

    he meant…$53 to watch the Rams..was outrageous

  3. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Tell his family not to move to this area if they want to see his games on tv. Tell him to get used to half full stadiums, unfortunately. He seems like a good kid, i just hope nfl linemen arent too much for him. His numbers last year in the big 10 were way down.

  4. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Well, it is clear the Bucs are trying to hire quality characters. I’m guessing T-Jack and Talib are benefiting from being prior acquisitions. Kinda giving them some slack since Morris wasn’t in the draft room for them….. Then again, it is probably due to talent.

  5. Macabee Says:

    This has nothing to do with football. It shows high character IQ – something the Bucs are sorely in need of these days. Now I don’t want to set this kid up because nobody’s perfect and as I recall he did punch a cabbie which seems to be a rite of passage in Tampa these days. But, at heart, I think this is probably a good kid.

  6. Jrock (mobile) Says:

    Maca, you seem like a pretty piss-poor bucs fan to me.

    I like what clayborn is doing, if his profuction doesn’t follow his off field contributions then he’s still a class act. What did sabby ever do for the community? (then again, the community did rob his house… lol)

  7. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I don’t hold the cab incident against him one bit. After researching it, it turns out he was in his car and a cabbie honked at him then called him a n-gger, without any provocation on Clayborn’s part. Then Clayborn got out of his car and punched the cabbie. Several witnesses corroborated the story. Now that doesn’t excuse his actions but it’s understandable. He said he’d never dealt with that situation and was taken by surprise by it. He apologized and said it would never happen again. And it didn’t. Good enough for me.

    He’s always shown good character throughout his college career and when you listen to him talk it’s obvious he’s just an all-around solid guy. He’s not pretending to be someone he isn’t. I think he’ll be a tremendous addition to the Bucs.

  8. Macabee Says:

    No Jrock, I am a dyed-in-the-wool Bucs fan. My blood runs pewter and red. I like Rah and Dom, I want Talib and T-Jack back, I like Clayborn and Bowers as well as the rest of the draft, I want us to win the Super Bowl, I like the flag, I like apple pie, and I could go on and on. Now, because I love the Bucs almost to a fault, I can hopefully change your opinion, but I can’t change facts. There are a number of recent incidents that have caused some to call into question whether character matters at the Bucs. I am not one of them. But it is a fact that these incidents have occurred. Dom has ackowledged this and has sought to address this by drafting team captains and other high character players of which I think Clayborn is one of them as I stated in my original post. This is a modest attempt to escape the designation of “sheep” as characterized by Thomas 2.2.

  9. BucFan941 Says:

    good point Macabee and fair…i hope no more run-ins with the po-po …lets get the cba i can go to hott a$$$ training camp for 3 years in a row..and be on HBO

  10. Macabee Says:

    Once more. This doesn’t make my opinion right, but it does show that I’m not alone in my opinion. Please see Section 2C of the SPT for another opinion.

  11. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I am glad that the media is finally addressing the real embarrassment that this organization has become. I hold the glazers and rah mostly accountable. The glazers mandate building a roster on the cheap which requires that u sign talented players with checkered pasts – or they would be more expensive in terms of $ or draft pick.

    Rah is just an inmate in charge of the prison. He is coach buddy and he cant discipline bc his precedent is not to discipline ( accept for nonsense like running which is pop warner stuff). These arrests must stop

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    Geez, same $h!t, different day.

  13. McBuc Says:

    Thomas…Why do you say the team wins despite Morris, but anything that goes wrong is becasue of Morris? You cannot have it both ways. Just about everyteam in the NFL has issues with young men who have a large pile of cash getting in trouble. It is what it is, so go pound sand.

  14. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    1. I didnt bring the subject up.

    2. Mcbuc- rah is 13-19, no playoffs. Winning? Gruden and dungy were fired for better than that. The record of runins w the law is unprecedented.

  15. McBuc Says:

    Dungy and gruden had more than 2 years Thomas. Dungy only won 5 games his first year, and gruden had a couple of four and five win seasons as well. I am a fan of Dungy and gruden, both were great coaches that did a great deal of good for tampa. I am also a fan of Morris, and he had a great year last year. The team is on the rise, and the NFL is filled with guys getting in trouble. You still did not answer the question any way. How can you blame Morris for season 1 and anything that goes wrong on and off the field, but you say season 2 and anything that goes right is despite Morris. You give credit to Freeman, GO, LB, MW, etc. You8 even go as far as to say the Bucs were lucjy in ten games, which does not happen at this level of football…or any other level for that matter. His 2 year record and your opinion of the arrest records does not answer the question. Of course you still have not answered admin Joe’s question either.

  16. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I heard 10 criminal or league rule violations in less than a year for players and staff. Very poor.

  17. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I didnt say lucky 10 times, i said lucky to win 10 bc of the record number of non-starter and rookie qbs they drew. I predicted 5 wins, not 0-16.

  18. McBuc Says:

    I agree it is poor, but not isolat3ed to the Bucs. maybe you should become a fan of the Patriots. All those high talent bad character guys that are cheap due to these conserns, who are they? Talib is only cheap due to his rookie contract. Stevens is gone…TJack played above his projections, but has addiction problems, not character problems. I have not heard about him robbing or fighting or anything along those lines. MW stock fell due to quiting his last year of college. So far he has worked out. Blount fell because of one issue in college on the field of play…everyone elses loss. Who are the rest of these guys you keep talking about?

  19. McBuc Says:

    Thomas. Check this link out, I think you will enjoy it for sure.

  20. McBuc Says:

    Thomas…5 arrests in 2010. two guys were cut due to their arrests, and you can hardly count Mario and Trueblood. Mario never changed his address on his drivers license, Trueblood was drunk in a car with a sober driver. The Trueblood charges were dropped. That leaves geno in 2010, and I beleive his charges have been dropped as well. The assistnat coach was arrested for DUI, which many people can be arrested for at any given time. If you go out and are arrested for DUI, does this reflect on your employeer some how. Your thinking is part of what is wrong in this day and age…evryone should own their actions and not blame so meone else like a coach, GM, parent, etc.

  21. McBuc Says:

    OK, I will also add there have been two arrest for the Bucs in 2011…Quarels and Talib. That is 7, but alot of dropped charges and the Mario thing was just stupid. The players were dealt with by being cut in some cases, so we have Talib and two nonplayers with DUI charges. My GOD tyhese guys are like the mafia or something!

  22. McBuc Says:

    Oh, and the back up lineman.

  23. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Your list is getting longer, and your argument weaker.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    Again, same $h!t, different day. Thanks for that Thomas. You bring absolutely nothing to the table, zero, zip, zilch, nada. For some strange reason Joe puts up with your repeated nonsense, over and over again, every day. It’s Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, but in your case Dumba$$ Day 2.2. Maybe if you pulled that stick out of your @$$ it might change your perspective.

  25. squadoosh1 Says:

    Thomas (master NFL guru and talent scout): “I predicted 5 wins”….Well you were only 5 wins off in a 16 game season…thats all!

  26. RahWillBringBackRuud Says:

    BigFatAttack, why dont you get laid!

    (Borrowed from Tugz)

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Rahboy, I get more on accident than you ever do on purpose. So I guess now that you are officially Thomas’s girlfriend and have to defend him at every turn, that you are his mama. I can see you have it in for me. Maybe you just like guys, hard to tell. Why don’t you go back to your real screen name or just change it to Thomas’s Bitch which is more in line with your comments. Sorry to interrupt your little Sunday Reacharound with your little boyfriend, Rahboy.

  28. McBuc Says:

    The argument is still there Thomas, but thanks for the non answer once again.

  29. thomas 2.2 Says:

    I didnt know you were asking for a response. By the time you kept adding to your list your original point was lost with me. Yes, these people whould own their actions.

    It doesnt mean that Coach buddy shouldnt impose strong discipline. A major reason that this keeps happening and will continue is coach buddy hasnt cut/ long-term suspended key players for transgressions.

    Until Coach Buddy shows the strength of conviction to cut a Talib for being an idiot the players will look at Rah the way the public does – he is their friend who gives them their way, in practice, during games and off-the-field so long as they dont get mad at him.

  30. McBuc Says:

    Check the link I sent you. Gruden had his share of arrests as well. I was not adding to the list. I was showing you 2010, but I knew you would come back with the arrests that have happened this year. MN and Jacksonville have the most arrests over the last decade, not Tampa. How do you know how Morris treats his players, you do not know you are speculating.

    Here is the question, since your memory is kind of short.

    Thomas…Why do you say the team wins despite Morris, but anything that goes wrong is becasue of Morris?