Clifton Abraham

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Clifton Abraham
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Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1971-12-09) December 9, 1971 (age 46)
Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Carter
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Clifton Eugene Abraham, Jr. (born December 9, 1971) is a former American and Canadian football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Abraham also played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Early years[edit]

Abraham was born in Dallas, Texas.[1] He attended David W. Carter High School in Dallas,[2] where he played for the Carter Cowboys high school football team.

College football[edit]

While attending Florida State University, Abraham played for the Florida State Seminoles football team from 1991 to 1994. As a junior, he received honorable mention All-American recognition from United Press International in 1993. As a senior in 1994, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, College Football News, The Sporting News, United Press International and the Walter Camp Foundation.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Abraham in the fifth round (143rd overall pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Buccaneers for a single season in 1995.[1] He also played for the Chicago Bears in 1996 and the Carolina Panthers in 1997.[1] In three NFL seasons, he appeared in nine regular season games.[5]

Abraham was later signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, and he played for that organization for three seasons from 1998–99 and 2001. Appearing in a total of 21 games, Abraham recorded 58 tackles, 13 pass deflections, two interceptions for 48 yards, and one fumble recovery. He was most successful in 1998 when he played in only 10 games but made 35 tackles.[6]

He finished his pro football career with the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL in 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Football League, Historical Players, Clifton Abraham. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Clifton Abraham Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  3. ^ 2010 Division I Football Record Book, Award Winners and All-Americans, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 10 (2010). Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Clifton Abraham. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 139. ISBN 978-0983513667.