John Travis Clayton (1954 – March 18, 2022)

John Travis Clayton was an American sports journalist who was an National Football League (NFL) writer and reporter for ESPN.

He was also a senior writer for

Clayton began covering sports while still a student at Churchill Area High School.

Starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers' 1972 training camp, he covered the team in twice-weekly dispatches in the St. Marys, Pennsylvania Daily Press

He later wrote for Steel City Sports, a weekly publication in Pittsburgh. In 1975, Steel City Sports changed into Score! Pittsburgh and Clayton was a staff writer, covering the Steelers.

He also served as a stringer for a number of radio networks, including AP Radio, and covered games, providing the network with sound clips from locker room interviews after games involving Pittsburgh's professional sports teams.

Clayton died in Washington state on March 18, 2022, aged 67, following a brief illness.