Exclusive Interview with Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl CB Clayton Holmes

By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
After attending Wilson High School, Clayton Holmes enrolled at North Greenville Junior College where he was the starting quarterback for two years. After transferring to Carson-Newman College, he was recognized for his speed and coverage ability and started playing cornerback. Holmes entered the 1992 NFL Draft and was drafted in the third round by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. He went on to win three super bowls with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.

Matt: What do you need in order to have a "shut down" defense?

Clayton: I love that question because I relate back to when I was part of the #1 defense in the NFL. The first thing is chemistry. Everyone on that team vibes together, they got along well, we could constructively criticize each other, and we would play together as a unit, not as individuals. It’s not about having 11 Pro-Bowl athletes on your defense. If those guys aren’t in sync, that can really destroy the chemistry of a football team… Everyone on that defense has to be on the same page.

Matt: In your opinion, what is the most important part of a defense?

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