8.06.2009

Mark Clayton, 1992 Pro Line Portraits (Football Friday No. 7)

Name: Mark Clayton
Team: Miami Dolphins
Position: Wide receiver, entertainment mogul
Value of card: Three points
Key 1991 stat: One mega-hit rap video
Please, Clayton, don't hurt 'em: Mark Clayton — athlete, visionary, superstar. Before there was Diddy, before there was Jay-Z, even before there was Dr. Dre, there was Marky Mark Clayton, Pro Bowl wide receiver and entertainment tycoon. After producing the Los Angeles Rams' No. 1 hit "Ram It," Clayton realized he had found a niche. Americans love football and music, and he had combined the two into one beautiful, hilarious package. For his next project, he turned to his own team, the Miami Dolphins, and quarterback Dan Marino. The future Hall-of-Famer was at first elated with the chance to star in a music video, but creative differences soon began to create a divide. Marino wanted to do a big-budget, "Thriller"-style production, only with more explosions. "We should make it like 'Miami Vice,' but with zombies," Marino told Clayton. The quarterback's pass fell incomplete. Clayton scoffed at the idea; heated words were exchanged. Marino eventually pulled Clayton off the goalpost he used as a director's chair and socked him in the jaw with his ringless fist. Clayton fired the signal caller on the spot but refused to give up on the project. He instead called upon boyishly handsome backup kicker Cory Landry, who turned in a spectacular performance. In the end, the entertainment mogul had the last laugh, as Cory and the Fins' video, "Can't Touch Us," rocketed up the charts faster than a Mark Clayton post route.
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