Kyle Clifton
No. 59
Personal information
Born: (1962-08-23) August 23, 1962 (age 61)
Olney, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Bridgeport (Bridgeport, Texas)
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:13
Player stats at · PFR

Ronald Kyle Clifton (born August 23, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for 13 seasons with the for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the TCU Horned Frogs, he was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft with the 64th overall pick.[1][2]

He led the NFL in solo tackles with 160 in 1985, 174 in 1986 and 162 in 1988. Additionally, he was in the top 10 of NFL solo tacklers in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991. He announced his retirement on February 14, 1997.[3] At the time of his retirement, he was the second-leading tackler in NFL history and remains the Jets' all-time leading tackler. Clifton made 1,484 tackles over the course of his professional career ranking him 10th overall in combined tackles since 1987.[4] Clifton attended high school in Bridgeport, Texas.


  1. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (July 30, 1996). "In His 13th Season, Clifton Knows the Angles". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  3. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent M. (February 15, 1997). "Clifton, a Career Jet, Retires". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "NFL Tackles Combined Career Leaders (since 1987)". Retrieved November 6, 2020.