Clay Shiver accepted an athletic scholarship to attend The Florida State University where he played for coach Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles from 1992 – 1995. He played the Center position during the 1993 national championship team that defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange bowl. Clay went on to have a successful career in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.
Shiver was recognized as a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and a first-team All-American in 1994 and 1995, garnering “consensus” All-American status in 1995. Bobby Bowden called him “the greatest center I ever coached.” In his junior and senior years, Shiver was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy presented annually to the best blocker in the ACC.
Shiver was the first Florida State Seminole selected in the 1996 NFL draft, the 67th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys and he played for the Cowboys from 1996 to 1998. He finished his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers in 2000, but did not appear in regular season game for Carolina
After retiring from football due to a shoulder injury, Shiver was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2001. He has been featured in many national publications and on CBS’s 48 Hours special about character in college football.
Clay was a fan-favorite at Tallahassee Quarterback Club’s Roast and Toast of Clay’s teammate, Charlie Ward on April 19, 2012.