Tim Clifford
Indiana Hoosiers
Personal information
Born: (1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 63)
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career history
High schoolColerain (Cincinnati)

Timothy R. Clifford, Sr. (born November 28, 1958) is a former American football player. He played college football as a quarterback for the Indiana Hoosiers football team from 1977 to 1980. He won the 1979 Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy in 1979 as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference.

Early years

Clifford grew up in Cincinnati where he played football, basketball, baseball and track at Colerain High School.[1][2]

Indiana University

Clifford attended the Indiana University Bloomington where he played varsity football and baseball. He was a pitcher for the baseball team and played at the quarterback position for the school's football team from 1977 to 1980.[1][3] He became the school's all-time leader in passing yardage. In his four years at Indiana, Clifford completed 333 of 631 passes for 4,338 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 32 interceptions.[3]

As a junior, Clifford totaled 2,078 passing yards and led the 1979 Indiana Hoosiers football team to an 8–4 record and the program's first victory in a bowl game, a 38-37 victory over BYU in the 1979 Holiday Bowl.[4] In September 1978, he completed 11 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-7 victory over Colorado.[5] During the 1979 season, Clifford set Indiana single-season records in pass attempts (259), completions (149), passing yardage (1,907 in regular season games), and total offense (1,978 yards in regular season games).[1]

At the end of the 1979 season, he won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference.[1] He was the first Hoosier to win the Silver Football since Corbett Davis in 1937.[1] Despite being selected as the conference MVP, Clifford did not receive first- or second-team honors from the Associated Press, as Art Schlichter and Mark Hermann won those honors.[6]

Clifford was a team co-captain in both 1979 and 1980 and was selected as Indiana's team MVP in both of those years.[7] He led the East team to a 21-3 victory in the 1981 East–West Shrine Game and shared offensive most valuable player honors with Amos Lawrence.[8] Clifford also played in the Japan Bowl. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 10th round of the 1981 NFL Draft.[9]

Later years and honors

Clifford was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.[7] Since 1999, he has been the business manager of St. Ann Church in Cincinnati.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Indiana's Clifford captures Silver Football". Chicago Tribune. December 25, 1979. p. 6-1.
  2. ^ Lonnie Wheeler (June 24, 1981). "The 'Timing' Has Come To Indiana's Clifford". The Cincinnati Enquirer. pp. D1, D4.
  3. ^ a b "Tim Clifford". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "1979 Indiana Hoosiers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Quarterback Tim Clifford tossed five touchdown passes on just". UPI. September 27, 1979.
  6. ^ "Blue lands four All-Big Ten spots: OSU places six, Purdue five". The Michigan Daily. November 29, 1979. p. 9.
  7. ^ a b "Tim Clifford". Indiana University. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "IU's Clifford steals show in leading East victory". The Courier-Journal. January 11, 1981. p. C12.
  9. ^ "Sketches of the Bears' 1981 college draft choices". Chicago Tribune. April 30, 1981. p. 4-3.