At a Glance
Hometown: Covina, California (born January 28, 1956) College: Clyde attended Fresno City Junior College in 1975 where he earned All-American honors as a quarterback. He transferred to the University of North Carolina where he was a Tar Heel student-athlete and lettered from 1977-1978. As a quarterback, Clyde’s leadership helped North Carolina to the Peach and Liberty Bowl bids. He graduated with an Industrial Relations degree from North Carolina. After graduating, Clyde’s interest never left the game of football. He explored opportunities in collegiate coaching and earned a graduate assistant position at the University of Mississippi in 1979. Christensen became a part of the Paul “Bear” Bryant coaching tree, coaching under Mississippi head coach, Steve Sloan. NFL Experience: Clyde’s collegiate resume made him an attractive hire when Tony Dungy offered him the responsibility of tutoring the Tampa Bay Buccaneer tight ends in 1996. He accepted the invitation and hasn’t left the NFL since. Clyde’s leadership made such a great impact on the Bucs offense that he was quickly promoted to quarterbacks coach. In 1999, he was named offensive coordinator. During his tenure in Tampa Bay, the Bucs made four playoff appearances in six seasons. Clyde’s relationship with Coach Dungy continued in 2002 with the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to serving as Colts offensive coordinator, Clyde spent six seasons coaching wide receivers. The Indianapolis coaching staff is known for having one of the highest concentrations of Christian coaches in the NFL. “How many coaches would long for just one or two fellow Christian coaches to fellowship with? We have about eight here. We can close the door and pray about something if we need to at any time. Coaching is really secondary to really important things like treating people right,” Clyde said. The coaching staff gathers for weekly Bible studies, giving credit to Who they believe is the foundation of their franchise. Even hours before they faced the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI and New Orleans Saints in Super XLIV, they gathered for their routine devotion.
Family Bio: On January 28, 1956, Clyde Christensen was born to an unwed teenage mother. She gave him up for adoption and he found his way into the home and hearts of Dick and June Christensen. Clyde says, “All of the good things I learned came from them.”Clyde says the word that describes his father is “available”. He says his dad was always there when he needed him. In the area of athletics, he not only came to all of Clyde’s sporting events, but he came to all of his practices too. Even now, not a week goes by without Clyde’s dad calling him to express his love and affirmation. That is also the kind of father Clyde strives to be with his own family. He and his wife Debbie have three daughters: Rachel, Rebecca, and Ruth. Clyde stays involved in his daughters’ lives and is committed to a close relationship with each of them. Clyde admits that balancing coaching and fatherhood can be challenging. But he says he, and all dads, need to make being a good father a priority. He says the rewards of doing so will be seen throughout this lifetime and in the generations to come. Career Bio: PLAYER: Fresno City Junior College (1975), North Carolina (1976-1978) COACH: Mississippi (1979), East Tennessee State (1980-1982), Temple (1983-1985), East Carolina University (1986-1988), Holy Cross (1989-1990), South Carolina (1991), Maryland (1992-1993), Clemson (1994-1995), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), Indianapolis Colts (2002-Present) Career Highlights: • Christensen was part of the coaching staff for the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts. • In 2009, Christensen’s wide receivers helped Peyton Manning to a franchise record 68.8 completion percentages.• In 2009, Clyde guided Wayne to another 1,000+ yard season, his 6th consecutive.• Christensen continued the development of Reggie Wayne, helping him end the 2007 season as the 16th NFL wide receiver to amass over 1,500 receiving yards.• Clyde’s devotion to his players helped Marvin Harrison retire with the Colts ranked 2nd in NFL career receptions, 4th in yards, and 5th in touchdown receptions.• Christensen helped Harrison start his career with 190 consecutive games with a reception, leading to the 2nd longest NFL streak ever.• Clyde’s reputation for developing elite NFL players is proved by Reggie Wayne’s increased reception totals in each of his first seven seasons, making him only the third NFL receiver with such an accomplishment.• Christensen assisted Marvin Harrison retire having caught ten or more touchdowns and producing over 1,000 receiving yards for 8 straight seasons, the only receiver to do so in the history of the NFL.• In 2004, Clyde’s wide receiver trio of Brandon Stokley, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne each caught over 1,000 yards and 10 or more touchdowns.• In 2002, Clyde’s development of Marvin Harrison helped him catch over 100 passes in four consecutive seasons. This was an accomplishment never achieved by an NFL player. • In 1999, Clyde tutored Shaun King to his first playoff win, becoming only the second rookie quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win a playoff game.
Volunteers: • Annual contributor to Life Centers• Influential speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)• Featured speaker for FCA’s annual home team banquet’s 10th year local anniversary that celebrates the excellence of athletes and coaches in their devotion to Christ
A Few Players Influenced by Clyde Christensen:
Scott Milanovich (University of Maryland), John Kaleo (University of Maryland), All Pro Dad- Bert Emanuel (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jacquez Green (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Reidel Anthony (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Shaun King (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Brad Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Keyshawn Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts), Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis Colts), Brandon Stokley (Indianapolis Colts), Anthony Gonzalez (Indianapolis Colts), Austin Collie (Indianapolis Colts), Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis Colts), Blair White (Indianapolis Colts)
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