The Patriots announced Monday that cornerback Raymond Clayborn was voted by fans as the 26th person to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Drafted in the first round in 1977 out of Texas, Clayborn played 13 seasons with the Patriots from 1977-89, reaching the Pro Bowl in 1983, 1985, and 1986. He set a franchise record with 36 interceptions, a record he still shares with fellow Patriots Hall of Famer Ty Law.
His 555 interception-return yards rank second in franchise history to Law’s 583. Clayborn also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and three touchdowns.
“Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft in a statement. “One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton.
“It is a well-deserved honor, and I look forward to presenting him his Hall of Fame jacket.”
As a rookie in 1977, Clayborn returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards. He led the NFL with a 31-yard return average and returned three kicks for touchdowns, both of which remain franchise records.
He is one of just 20 NFL players since 1970 to finish a season with a 30-yard average on kickoff returns (minimum 20 returns) and is the only Patriots player to accomplish the feat.
Receiver White returns
The Patriots have re-signed wide receiver DeAndrew White, who spent the 2016 season on the practice squad after being signed last Sept. 14.
White, 25, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Alabama on May 5, 2015, and played in four games with the 49ers.
He finished with two receptions for 18 yards, returned six kicks for 142 yards, and returned one punt for 4 yards.
White was released by San Francisco last Sept. 3.