Christopher Clemons (born October 30,[1981 in Griffin, Georgia) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Georgia.
Clemons has also played for the Oakland Raiders in his career.
Clemons attended Griffin High School
where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter. He was named AAA-All Region first team and nominated for Region MVP by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association
. He recorded 49 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble his senior year, as well as rushed for 80 yards on 10 carries and 12 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a member of the track team.
Clemons was recruited by the University of Georgia
in 2001. He started the 2000 season opener recording seven tackles, but then suffered a shoulder injury early in the season that sidelined him for several games. He played in 11 games in 2001, and starting three of them. He played in 12 games with 10 starts during his junior season, recording 53 tackles, and one sack. He was then named Most Improved Linebacker of 2002.
Clemons, as a free agent, then signed with the Washington Redskins in 2003. However, he spent that entire season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL
. In 2004, he began to establish himself in the Redskins' defense, recording three sacks as a speed rusher late in the season. He was re-signed to the Redskins' active roster on November 24
. He spent the 2004 training camp with the Redskins, but was released and signed to the Cleveland Browns
practice squad. He was then on the Redskins again for the 2005 season where he played in 14 games and had 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a blocked punt, and a forced fumble.
Clemons played the 2007 season with the Oakland Raiders
, primarily playing as a situational pass rusher before becoming a free agent
On March 1, 2008, Clemons signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles