Clay Travis is an American Fox Sports television analyst, writer, and sports journalist, who covers the weekly SEC football show. In addition, he is the founder and owner of the ground-breaking “Outkick the Coverage” website.
He was born on April 6, 1979, in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1997, Travis graduated from Martin Luther King Magnet at Pearl High School.
In 2001, Clay graduated from George Washington University, majoring in history. During college, he acted as a student basketball manager.
In 2004, Travis graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School.
He soon started to work as a lawyer in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Tennessee.
He began writing online for CBS Sports 5 in September 2005.
After leaving CBS, Clay became an editor and a writer at Deadspin.
In 2008, Clay worked out at D1 Sports Training with NFL prospects preparing for the NFL Draft.
In 2010, Clay became a co-host of 3HL, a sports radio talk show on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone with Blaine Bishop and Brent Dougherty. Later that year, Nashville Scene named Clay as the “Best Sports Radio Host We Love To Hate.”
In 2011, he founded the website – outkickthecoverage.com.
In 2014, Clay was hired by Fox Sports for its weekly college football Saturday pre-game show.
In the follow-up year, he started a daily Outkick the Show broadcast on Facebook and Periscope. Travis also signed a deal with Fox Sports to license his entire sports media brand under Fox Sports.
In 2016, he began a national radio show with Fox Sports Radio.
On September 20, 2017, Clay announced that he was considering running as an Independent for U.S. Senator of Tennessee in the 2018 election if American businessman Robert Phillips “Bob” Corker Jr. decided not to run.
He runs a podcast, named – ”Wins & Losses with Clay Travis.” During his podcast, he interviews some of the most interesting figures in the United States.
Clay married Lara, an ex-Tennessee Titans cheerleader and a native of Michigan. His wife holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling.
The couple has three sons.
In September 2014, he announced on his Twitter account that they just welcomed their third baby boy whom they named Nash.
In 2019, Clay wrote on Twitter:
”My 8-year old son has become a huge Atlanta Braves fan. Here’s my question to everyone: should I let him know about the disasters that are going to come in October?”
Travis also wrote:
”He’s totally clueless about how bad the Braves have been in the post-season for the last 25 years.”
In July of 2007, he published his first book, titled – ”Dixieland Delight.” The book is a critically-acclaimed chronicle of his 2006 tour (an 8,000-mile journey) of all 12 Southeastern Conference football stadiums.
On February 1, 2008, he published his second book – ”Man: The Book.”
On August 10, 2010, he published his third book, named – ”On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era.”
Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author, said about the book:
“The best book on college football I’ve read in a generation….If you love college football, you’ll love this book.”
On September 25, 2018, Clay published his fourth book, entitled – “Republicans Buy Sneakers Too: How the left is ruining sports with politics.” In the book, he examines everything from his run-ins with mainstream media to Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
”College football is back and so are Clay’s college football picks. Two games this weekend and Clay says: Take the under in the Miami – Florida game and take the over in the Arizona – Hawaii game.”
“We have allowed sports to become as biased, or more biased, than politics.”
”Andrew Luck retiring like this is the most shocking sports retirement since Michael Jordan. (And we all know how that ended. I think he’ll be back in a couple of years).”
“I think the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of really good young talent around Dak Prescott and I don’t believe that Dak is any better than an ‘average’ quarterback in the NFL.”
”When we decide to politicize sports, what we are doing is bringing the noxiousness and divisiveness of politics into an arena that doesn’t need it.”
Clay worked on Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000.
Travis has voiced his criticism of Roger Goodell, an NFL executive who worked as the NFL’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and as an assistant to the president of the AFC. Roger became commissioner of the league in 2006.
In 2017, he received criticism after making controversial remarks on live television, causing the host (Brooke Baldwin) to abruptly end the interview.
Clay said to CNN host Brooke Baldwin:
“I’m a First Amendment absolutist.”
“I believe in only two things completely. The First Amendment, and boobs.”
After he said it the first time, Brooke was confused. She asked:
“I just want to make sure I’m hearing you correctly.“B-O-O-Z-E or B-O-O-B-S? Because as a woman…”
Clay cut her off.
“I said boobs.”
Later, Brooke took to Twitter to clarify that what Clay did is never a good idea.
After the incident, Travis began to produce t-shirts inscribed with “I love the first amendment and boobs.” He donated all the proceeds to breast cancer awareness.
Clay said he never voted Republican and voted for former President Barack Obama twice.
In 2016, Jack Daniel’s (a brand of Tennessee whiskey) stopped a $3,000 deal after Clay criticized Vanderbilt University’s decision to remove the word “Confederate” from a campus building.
In response, he wrote a blog post blasting Jack Daniel’s decision as well as Vanderbilt’s decision to rename Confederate Memorial Hall.
Clay Travis – Net Worth
Travis wrote columns for CBSSports.com for 4 years before joining Deadspin as an editor in 2008.
In September 2016, he launched Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis on FOX Sports. He is also the owner of a website – outkickthecoverage.com. At some point, the website was one of the most visited college football sites online.
References https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wins-losses-with-clay https://eu.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2017/09/15/clay-travis-cnn-boobs https://foxsportsradio.iheart.com/content/2019-07-23-clay-travis-talks-with-presidential https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/15/clay-travis-used-his-first-amendment