All finished: Mark Clayton gets his degree

Former OU and current Baltimore Ravens receiver Mark Clayton earned his communications degree from the University of Oklahoma.
BY JAMES CORLEY Published: May 15, 2010
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rtunately for Clayton, the Ravens understood his fervor to finish.

"I’m blessed to be in an organization that trusts that I’ll handle myself like a pro in whatever environment or atmosphere that I’m in,” he said.

Clayton’s environment this spring was Norman. The 27-year-old NFL veteran was surrounded by college freshmen who were barely out of high school.

"I felt kind of like that guy in ‘Old School’ ... hanging around just wanting to be young,” Clayton said.

Clayton said he plans on becoming a counselor after his pro football career. He wants to take his message of finishing to young adults.

"There’s some kids that are really lost,” Clayton said. "They just need some direction and some guidance. I want to help them make it a goal to finish college like I did.”


Finishing touch
Mark Clayton

→Played four football seasons for Oklahoma, catching 220 passes for 3,236 yards and 31 touchdowns.

→Picked in the first round — the 22nd pick overall — in 2005 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

→Clayton has played 76 games in the NFL, including 59 as a starter.

→He has 234 receptions for 3,116 yards and 12 TDs for the Ravens.

→Clayton is among 121 student-athletes graduating from OU. The school-record number includes former Sooners defensive back Derrick Strait, who won the Nagurski and Jim Thorpe trophies in 2003. Strait is finishing school after playing the 2004-2006 seasons in the NFL.

BY JAMES CORLEY

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