“I like my name,” the Eagles fourth-round pick said. “It’s simple but it’s easy to remember.”
But how did the Illinois native wind up with a name that could easily be confused for some waterfront town in an M state like Maine, Maryland or Massachusetts?
“It came from my second cousin who actually had the name Clay and my family liked it -- sounded good,” he said.
“And a little Cassius Clay -- gotta throw that in there too. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but I would like to think it did.”
“In my college games I’d have 10,000 people -- I come from a smaller school,” the Missouri State product said. “Out here I would get more than that at training camp.”
“Coming out of a small school people really don’t know what to expect from you.”
After watching him catch passes for more than a week at Lehigh those expectations are growing.
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