Next up in the Tampa Tribune’s series of candid conversations with the Buccaneers is a player who is lucky to be playing football at all.
Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn suffered from Erb’s palsy, a nerve condition caused by an injury obtained during birth. But after overcoming the condition, Clayborn went on to a successful high school football career which led him to the University of Iowa.
Clayborn enjoys the Florida weather and doing what he does best, play football. The Bucs play the Miami Dolphins at 8:40 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium.
Q: Who was someone who really helped you get to the NFL?
Clayborn: I would have to say my teammates along the way. Just encouraging me, being brothers through this tough and difficult sport all through the years.
Q: You went to school in Iowa, what’s the biggest difference?
Clayborn: The weather. Right about now they’re probably wearing sweatshirts and jackets and I came to work in shorts.
Q: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Clayborn: I’d have to say I like to watch Jared Allen play because we kind of have a similar style so I like to watch him and get tips from him.
Q: What is it that keeps you playing football?
Clayborn: I just love the physical nature of it, the contact and I’ve just been playing since I was young and it’s what I love to do.
Q: If you could cast anyone to play yourself in a movie, who would it be?
Clayborn: Samuel L. Jackson