The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected wide receiver Michael Clayton out of LSU with the 15th selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. Even with the revolving door of quarterbacks throwing him the ball, Clayton finished with 80 receptions for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. But after that promising first year in the NFL, he was never the same player afterwards, thanks to a string of injuries and further inconsistencies from Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks.
By 2010, Clayton found himself joining the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football league. His pro football career ended after the 2011 season, after his final comeback attempt with the New York Giants ended just a few games into the season.