We are excited to bring you the latest edition of our “Perspective from the Pros” series with current Philadelphia Eagles Tight End,
Clay Harbor. For those of you who
follow us on Twitter you are familiar with our level of respect for Mr. Harbor. Clay played his college ball at Missouri State University where he was a named to the All-American Team in his sophomore, junior and senior years – he earned 1
st Team honors his senior year. He ended his career at Missouri State as the all-time leader in receptions and third in receiving yards. In 2010, Clay was drafted by the
Philadelphia Eagles in the 4
th round (125
th pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Entering his third year in the NFL, we know Clay is poised to have a long and successful career in the league. One reason we are confident in that is his incredible work ethic – click
here and you will see what we are talking about! Clay is off to a great start in the 2012 NFL season, catching the game winning pass in Week 1 vs. the Cleveland Browns, watch it
here. We are looking forward to following his success in ’12 and beyond.
Thanks to Clay for the insight and the continued support! Enjoy our exclusive chat with Clay Harbor below, and be sure you follow Clay on Twitter - @
What was your favorite memory as a youth athlete? I would have to say winning the championship in 8th grade. We started out 0-3 but we were able to finish out the rest of the season without any defeats, eventually making it into the playoffs. We defeated all 3 teams who beat us to win the championship and it was a great lesson in perseverance. From that point on I knew that if you stay focused on attaining your goal, which in this case was winning a championship, there’s no obstacle you can’t overcome.
Who has had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
I would have to say my older brother Cory. We are both really competitive and we always pushed each other to be better; whether that was on the football field or in any other aspect of life. We were fortunate enough to play college ball together at
Missouri State. Knowing that I would always have him there to push me, I knew that I would have that support in helping me take that next step in my career.
At what point did you realize you had a real chance to live out your dream and play in the NFL? After my sophomore year in college I received
Associated Press All-American honors, this was after my first season I was entrenched as the starter. I knew I always had the speed and size but after receiving an award like that it opened up a new perspective on things.
What has been the biggest surprise about playing in the NFL? I think the biggest surprise is the amount of time and preparation that goes into every game. It’s amazing when you see how things are broken down and everyone's knowledge of the game.
Can you tell us about your favorite football game that you’ve ever played? My senior year of high school, it was our homecoming game. With the win, we clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 15 years. It was a humbling and great experience knowing that I was able to help contribute getting our school to that next step once again.
If you could give a piece of advice to a youth athlete looking to reach their next level in any sport, what would it be? Hard work and perseverance always pays off when trying to attain your goals. Whether it’s short term or long term goals staying focused and keeping your eye on the prize will always lead to your success. #TeamTRAINlete “
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