Clarence Kay was a tight end for the Denver Broncos from 1984 to 1992. Kay was born on July 30, 1961 in Seneca, South Carolina. After Kay played his college football at Georgia, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in round 7, pick 186 of the 1984 NFL Draft. Clarence Kay was a phenomenal blocking tight end. “With Clarence, we ran a lot of outside pitches to his side,” explains running back Sammy Winder, who was on a 1,000-yard pace 10 weeks into the season before Kay began to self-destruct. “He does such a great job against outside linebackers and defensive ends. I won’t say we threw them out, but once he was gone, we used them a lot less.” Fellow tight end Orson Mobley had this to say, “Blocking is something I’ve spent a lot of time on since training camp, I’m getting better at it, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m no Clarence Kay.” (1)
He had to block well since he wasn’t known for his hands. “I was hesitant to throw to him,” John Elway admits. “He was inconsistent.”
Even Kay acknowledged the similarities between his hands and a cement block when the season began. “I’ve got to catch some balls in games,” he said. “Until I do that, the idea that I can’t catch will stick with me. I would like to become a complete tight end. This season is going to be my threshold. The third year you’ve got to blossom, come into your own.” (1) Clarence Kay did improve his catching ability as his career continued, however, his blocking was still the best part of his game.
Clarence Kay Troubles
During his career, Clarence Kay faced drug and alcoholic addiction problems. Leading up to the AFC Championship Game, Kay had just got out of a treatment program. “Right now, I feel good inside,” Kay says. “I know I’m clean. I can either go forward or I can regress. Everything is black and white.” Kay also had problems with domestic violence after his career was over.