Brian Claybourn is a member of the Reitz Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008. While at Reitz, he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and soccer. He grew up playing basketball as well as soccer before focusing primarily on football. As a junior at Reitz, he was voted all-conference and all-metro punter and his senior year he was named all-state, all-area, all-metro, all-conference and all-city as a punter, averaging 37 yards per kick with nine downed inside the 10-yard line.
After being wooed with football scholarships from numerous Division I colleges, Brian chose to play for Western Kentucky University. As a senior at WKU, he posted the best single-season punting performance in school history with a 43.4 yard average, making him one of the nation’s leading kickers. He finished his career second all-time at WKU with 9,237 yards, 226 punts, and an average of 40.87 yards per kick. As a team captain, he helped lead the team to a Division I-AA national championship in 2003 and an No. 11 ranking in the 2004 final national polls. He signed a contract with the NFL San Diego Chargers and played during the 2005 preseason. Later he played briefly with the Canadian Football League.
He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 9, 2016.
Jim Claybourn, Brian’s grandfather, is also a member of the Reitz Football Hall of Fame.