Clifton Familiar With Big Stage

Posted by Graham Kelly | 10:54 PM | 1 comments »

Clifton number 70, was part of the great 1998 Offensive Line.

Chad Clifton a Martin, Tennessee native arrived at the University of Tennessee as part of the 1995 recruiting class. After red-shirting his freshmen year Clifton emerged as a 4 year starter at Tackle during his UT career. The highlight of his career being when Clifton was the starting left tackle on the 1998 National Championship team.

Mike Lombardi, of The National Football Post and NFL Network, spoke with ESPN's Bill Simmons on the BS Report Monday, He expects the Packers to spread out the Steelers and be able to throw at will with their explosive receivers against a Steelers defense that is built to stop the run. If the Steelers are going to win the game he said, "the MVP will have to be James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley because of the pass rush they would have put on Aaron Rogers."

Thus, in his opinion and mine if Clifton the man entrusted with protecting, Aaron Rogers' blindside, is effective in neutralizing the Pittsburgh pass rush, the Packers will be able to win the Super Bowl.

Good news for the Packers is that Chad Clifton has is most famous for being able to come back injuries. In 2002 he suffered a vicious blindside hit from Warren Sapp on an interception return. Clifton’s pelvis was separated and he had to be hospitalized in a Tampa area hospital for a week. The next season Clifton returned to the starting lineup and enjoyed a pro bowl season this year. With two weeks to heal from the stinger he sustained in the NFC Championship game he is fully expected to be ready to go and be a critical part of a championship winning team just like he was for the ’98 Vols.


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