DeVone Claybrooks
Claybrooks before a Lions game in 2019.
Born: (1977-09-15) September 15, 1977 (age 46)
Martinsville, Virginia, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Head coach
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight300 lb (140 kg)
CollegeEast Carolina
Career history
As coach
20122015Calgary Stampeders
(Defensive line coach)
20162018Calgary Stampeders
(Defensive coordinator)
2019BC Lions
(Head coach)
As player
2001*Green Bay Packers
2001*Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2001Cleveland Browns
2002Rhein Fire
2002Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2003San Francisco 49ers
2004*Atlanta Falcons
2004*Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2004Dallas Cowboys
2005*Arizona Cardinals
20072008Montreal Alouettes
20092011Calgary Stampeders
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star2010
Career stats

Natravis DeVone Claybrooks (born September 15, 1977) is the former head coach of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for seven different teams (Packers, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Falcons, Cowboys, and Cardinals). He also was a member of the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. He has also been the defensive coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders. On December 11, 2018, he was announced as head coach of the BC Lions, replacing the retired Wally Buono. Claybrooks played college football at East Carolina.

Early years

Claybrooks played high school football at Bassett High School as a running back. He accepted a football scholarship from East Carolina University.

He was converted into a defensive tackle, finishing his career with 41 games (18 starts), 100 tackles (13 for loss), 11 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 3 fumble recoveries and one interception.

Professional career


Claybrooks was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers after the 2001 NFL Draft on May 18.[1] He was waived on September 2. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the practice squad but was released on October 17. On October 31, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns to the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster on November 7.

NFL Europe

In 2002, he was allocated by the Cleveland Browns to the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe League.[2] On July 26, he was waived injured by the Browns.


On November 6, 2002, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their practice squad and on November 15 he was promoted to the active roster.[3] He was cut three days later and re-signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on November 26, 2002. He was a part of the Super Bowl XXXVII winning team. He was released on August 31, 2003.[4] On October 1, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers. On December 8, 2003, he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent. He was waived on March 9, 2004.[5] On April 27, 2004, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After having a good camp, he suffered a high ankle sprain in the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. He was waived injured on August 31. On October 5, 2004, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to the practice squad. On November 3, he was promoted to the active roster, appearing in 8 games as the backup to La'Roi Glover and Leonardo Carson at defensive tackle.[6] He wasn't re-signed after the season. On July 30, 2005, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[7] He suffered a knee injury during training camp and was waived injured on August 19.[8]


On January 14, 2007, he signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[9] The next year, he made 39 tackles (2 for loss) and 4 quarterback sacks. On August 22, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders, registering 17 tackles (one for loss), 2 passes defensed and one forced fumble.[10] In 2010, he was named to the CFL Western All-Stars team, after playing a key role in his team's run defense, while posting 27 tackles (3 for loss), 4 quarterback sacks and 2 passes defensed.[11] He announced his retirement on January 18, 2012.[12]

Coaching career

Calgary Stampeders

From 2012 to 2015 he was the defensive line coach for the Calgary Stampeders. In 2015, he was promoted to defensive coordinator by the Calgary Stampeders.[13]

BC Lions

On December 11, 2018, Claybrooks was announced as the new head coach for the BC Lions.[14] Claybrooks' tenure with the Lions was a rocky one. Despite the team's signings of Mike Reilly and Lemar Durant, The Lions failed to live up to expectations. The team struggled on both sides of the ball and posted a record of 1–10 after 11 games. He failed to record a victory against the other West Division teams. Outside of a 25–23 victory over the playoff-bound Montreal Alouettes, the majority of the team's wins were two wins against both the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Redblacks, who both finished below the Lions in the overall standings. After struggling to gain traction throughout the year and posting a 5–13 record in his rookie season, Claybrooks was relieved of his duties on November 6, 2019.[15]

CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 2019 5 13 0 .278 5th in West Division Missed Playoffs
Total 5 13 0 .278 0 West Division
0 0 0 Grey Cups

Personal life

Claybrooks is a restaurant owner. His cousin Shawn Moore was a second-team All-American and played quarterback in the NFL.


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  2. ^ "Sports Transactions". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bucs Sign Goodspeed, Release Reyes". Associated Press. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dudley, Stephens among Bucs' cuts". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Falcons sign linebacker Eric Johnson". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cowboys Waive DT Cooper". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cardinals dump Wendell Bryant". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Report: Dolphins among six team interested in QB". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alouettes Add Claybrooks, Virgil And Dunn". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Stamps sign three players". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "All-Star Claybrooks signs new deal". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Claybrooks announces retirement". Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Defensive coordinator bio". Archived from the original on October 15, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lions name DeVone Claybrooks head coach". 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  15. ^ Lions fire Claybrooks after 5-13 season