Clay grew up in Dwight, Illinois, and found success on the athletics field early on. He played 3 sports All-State and is a Dwight High School Hall of Fame member. He received a college scholarship to Missouri State and became a 3-time All American and 3-time First Team All-Conference member.
He graduated college with a BA in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a minor in Marketing. Clay was drafted in 2010 and his professional football career last 9 years, playing for various teams.