|Born:||August 23, 1969|
Florence, South Carolina
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||181 lb (82 kg)|
|High school:||Florence (SC) Wilson|
|NFL Draft:||1992 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Clayton Holmes (born August 23, 1969 in Florence, South Carolina) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the third round of the 1992 NFL draft. He played college football at Carson-Newman College.
As a junior, he contributed to a 10-0 regular season record. He led the team in both interceptions (6), passes defensed (17) and interceptions returned for a touchdown (2-school record). He established a school and a NAIA single-season record with 263 yards in interception returns. He also earned NAIA All-American honors in the long jump.
As a senior in 1991, he became one of the NAIA top football players, finishing second in the NAIA and tied the school single-season record with eight 8 interceptions. His 199 yards in interception returns gave him 462 for a school career-record. He received the South Atlantic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year award, Little All-American honors and also played in the Blue–Gray Football Classic.
Holmes was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (58th overall) of the 1992 NFL draft. As a rookie, he was the fastest player on the team and was used mostly on special teams, finishing second on the team with 15 tackles and also registering a fumble recovery in Super Bowl XXVII.
In 1995, he started 6 games at cornerback in place of an injured Kevin Smith, while free agent Deion Sanders reached a contract agreement with the Dallas Cowboys. That same year in November, the NFL suspended him for four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. A week later, the suspension was increased to one year.
Holmes signed with the Miami Dolphins on February 26, 1997, reuniting him with former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson. Looking to play for the first time since November 1995, he failed another drug test that resulted in a 4-game suspension and his eventual release on October 13, 1997.
In 1999, he played for the Topeka Knights of the Indoor Football League.
Holmes filed suit against the NFL for involuntarily enrolling him in a drug treatment program, after he tested positive for marijuana, but his claim was dismissed. His post-football life became a turbulent mix of personal problems and financial difficulties.
- "Football Litlle All-America". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Road-weary Eagles recovering". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Holmes out for year". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Cowboys cut Holmes, Kennard". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Miami signs former Cowboy Holmes for one year". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Dolphins bid adieu to Barnett". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- Holmes v. NFL, 939 F. Supp. 517 (N.D.Tex. 1996)
- "From a Benz to a bike". Retrieved February 19, 2017.