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TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Miami Dolphins in the fifth round (165th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft...Re-signed by Dolphins on March 12, 2013...Signed by the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent on March 28, 2014.
Sixth-year safety who has started 48 of the 72 games he appeared in in his five previous seasons with the Miami Dolphins
Started every game at safety for the Dolphins from 2012-13 and has registered 256 tackles on defense with 1.5 sacks, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed to go along with 22 special teams tackles in his career
Growing up, his favorite sports teams were the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys and his favorite athlete was Emmitt Smith
Lists “Love and Basketball” as favorite movie and Lil’ Wayne as favorite recording artist
Earned the nickname “Deer” as a youth following a race when he beat a local speedster multiple times and an onlooker complimented him following his victory by exclaiming, “You run like a deer,” and the name has stuck from that day on
Enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends and family
Involved in several charitable efforts in his time with the Dolphins, including the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament, the Dolphins Community Blitz, in which he handed out food at Feeding South Florida’s mobile food pantry and the Dolphins All-Community team in which players purchase game tickets for local charities
Donated money to help purchase meals for the holidays
Full name is Christian Donovan Clemons, born Sept. 15, 1985 in Arcadia, Fla.
2013 (Miami, 16/16):
Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season and ranked fourth on the team with 89 tackles and one intercepion without a return to go along with eight passes defensed
Led the Dolphins in tackles four times
Set a career high with two passes defensed at Indianapolis (9/15) to go along with three solo tackles
Picked off QB Thad Lewis and had two tackles against Buffalo (10/20)
Posted 10 tackles at New England (10/27)
Recorded a career-high 13 tackles and had one pass defensed at Pittsburgh (12/8)
2012 (Miami 16/16):
Started all 16 games for the first time in his career
Ranked third on Dolphins with 96 tackles (69 solo) and ranked second on team with two interceptions he returned for a total of 29 yards
Had three special teams tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
Led the Dolphins in tackles three times and finished second twice
Had six tackles and one interception vs. N.Y. Jets (9/23), picking off Mark Sanchez in the end zone without a return
Tied for team lead with nine tackles vs. St. Louis (10/14) and had one run for 3 yards, coming on a key fake punt on a fourth-and-1 on the Dolphins’ 40-yard line with 4:15 left in the game and the Dolphins leading 17-14 to help keep that drive alive
Led the Dolphins with nine stops and had one interception, picking off Sanchez pass and returning it 29 yards, at N.Y. Jets (10/28)
Posted season-high 10 tackles vs. Jacksonville (12/16)
Had five tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Buffalo (12/23), recovering a Dorin Dickerson fumble that resulted in a Dolphin touchdown
2011 (Miami, 14/0):
Played in 14 games and was inactive twice
Recorded five tackles on defense and tied for fourth on the Dolphins with eight special teams tackles
Blocked a Brian Moorman punt which was recovered by Lex Hilliard in the Bills’ end zone for a touchdown vs. Buffalo (11/20), the first blocked punt of his career
Had two solo tackles and one special teams tackle at Dallas (11/24)
Finished with one solo tackle for a loss of three yards and one assisted tackle as well as two special teams tackles vs. Philadelphia (12/11)
2010 (Miami, 15/14):
Started 14 games of 15 games played at free safety and was inactive vs. Chicago (11/18) with a hamstring injury
Finished third on team with 60 tackles (50 solo) and had 1.5 sacks for 8.5 yards in losses along with one interception without a return and five passes defensed
Forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble
Tied for the team lead with nine tackles, including a half-sack for 0.5 yards in losses vs. Pittsburgh (10/24), sharing a 1-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger with Koa Misi
Tied for second on the team with eight tackles at Baltimore (11/7)
Recovered a Bo Scaife fumble that was caused by Karlos Dansby on the Titans’ first possession of the game vs Tennessee (11/14)
Had four tackles and first career interception, picking off a Bruce Gradkowski pass without a return at Oakland (11/28)
Had one tackle, an 8-yard sack of Lions quarterback Shaun Hill, vs. Detroit (12/26), the first full sack of his career.
2009 (Miami 11/2):
Played in 11 games with two starts after being inactive the first five games of season
Finished season with seven tackles (five solo)
Made Dolphins debut in a reserve role vs. New Orleans (10/25)
Earned first career start at N.Y. Jets (11/1) and responded with three tackles
Also started in season finale against Pittsburgh (1/3/10)
Four-year letterman (2005-08) and three-year starter at Clemson
Finished college career with 323 tackles (203 solo), five interceptions, 20 passes defensed, 20 special teams tackles, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble
Started all 13 games as a senior in 2008 and recorded 94 tackles (62 solo), three tackles for loss, seven passes defensed and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown
Earned team’s Iron Man Award as a senior
Started all 13 games as a junior is 2007 for a top-10 defense and recorded 94 tackles (61 solo), two interceptions, two tackles for loss and five passes defensed
Had four double-figure tackle games, including a season-high 15 against Auburn
Started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2006 and recorded 102 tackles (61 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and eight passes defensed
Racked-up 41 tackles in the last three games of the regular season, including a season-high 17 against N.C. State as a sophomore
Played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2005 and posted 22 tackles (19 solo) on defense and 10 special teams tackles
Was one of only two freshmen to record at least one tackle in every game
Redshirted as true freshman in 2004
Graduated in August, 2008 with degree in community recreation management
Attended DeSoto High School in Arcadia, Fla. where he rushed for 1,242 yards with 11 touchdowns on 193 carries as a senior and was named the team’s offensive MVP and was a first-team running back by Sarasota Herald Tribune
Had 951 rushing yards on 100 carries with eight touchdowns and five interceptions, including two for touchdowns, as a junior and averaged more than 16 points and 10 rebounds for the school’s basketball team
Ran a 10.52 in the 100m, the fourth-best time in the state, and was district champion in the 100m and 200m as a senior
QB Case Keenum was named the starter for Thursday's game against the 49ers.
J.J. Watt was recognized as the 'Spirit of the Bull' community award winner Tuesday at the team's luncheon.
Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke at the team's luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
Get an inside look at the team luncheon that took place Tuesday at the Hilton Americas.