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Chad Clifton  

Football player NFL, offensive tackle for the Packers, Super Bowl 45

Chad Clifton is an American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

• Has started 106 of 112 games (112 of 118 including playoffs) at left tackle since returning to the field in ’03 from the serious pelvic injury that ended his 2002 season. • Went to his first Pro Bowl following 2007 season, filling in for an injured Walter Jones of Seattle. Held New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora, San Diego’s Shawne Merriman and Kansas City’s Jared Allen to a total of ½ sack in head-to-head meetings that season. • Had 53-game starting streak snapped in 2006 by a bout with the flu the night before and morning of game at Miami (Oct. 22), and 33-game streak ended in ’08 at Tennessee (Nov. 2) because of a pre-game illness due to a reaction to medication. • As the left tackle, was a major factor in the Packers limiting opponents to an all-time franchise-low 14 sacks in 2004. Green Bay also did not allow a sack in eight games – another club single-season record. • Played a pivotal role – by shutting out Pro Bowl DE Simeon Rice – when Green Bay snapped the Buccaneers’ 69-game streak with at least one sack in a 20-13 triumph at Tampa Bay, Nov. 16, 2003. Ironically, that game marked his return to Raymond James Stadium, where he had incurred his season-ending pelvic injury roughly a year earlier. • Played in two national championship games, including Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State to culminate undefeated 1998 season, while a four-year starter at the University of Tennessee.

A solid presence at the left tackle position who remains steady at protecting the quarterback’s blind side... As a pending free agent, re-signed with the team in early March for an 11th season in which he could play in his 150th regular-season game with Green Bay, a mark reached by only 18 other players in franchise history... Has played in 143 games, with 138 starts, plus eight postseason contests... Has blocked for five of the top eight single-season rushers in franchise history (Ahman Green, 2001-03; Ryan Grant; 2008-09), and has helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in eight of his 10 seasons... Has been part of a top-10 offense in the league in seven of his 10 seasons in Green Bay... Following the devastating pelvic injury that prematurely ended his 2002 season, he has successfully returned to the field to start 106 of 112 games (112 of 118 including playoffs) over the past seven years... Came off arthroscopic surgery on both knees heading into 2009, but an early-season ankle injury limited him to 12 games, his fewest since ’02... Over the past two years, has helped the Packers become the first team in NFL history to have a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,200-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in back-to-back seasons... Made his lone Pro Bowl trip following the 2007 season as an alternate and injury replacement for Seattle’s Walter Jones (shoulder), but has been named an alternate on three other occasions as well (’04, ’05, ’09)... During that Pro Bowl season of ’07, solidified his reputation as one who can keep the opponent’s premier pass rusher quiet, holding a trio of fellow ’07 Pro Bowlers, the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora, San Diego’s Shawne Merriman and Kansas

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