It hasn’t taken long for Chase Claypool to make the Pittsburgh Steelers a delighted franchise week after week.
Claypool, the rookie wideout from Notre Dame, is having a stellar rookie season. Claypool is making a case to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the Pittsburgh Steelers enter a Week 12 showdown with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens at 10-0.
Catching touchdowns and dominating the opposition is nothing new for Claypool, who once caught 10 touchdowns in a game.
Chase Claypool is taking the NFL by storm
Chase Claypool has quickly evolved into a dangerous weapon for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A second-round pick in April, Claypool has put up impressive numbers all season despite only starting two of the Steelers’ first 10 games. Claypool hauled in 39 catches for 559 yards and eight touchdowns to begin his career.
The rookie also ran for 22 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Claypool is the first rookie receiver in the Super Bowl era with 10 all-purpose touchdowns through his first 10 games. That list obviously does not include quarterbacks.
Claypool has scored at least one touchdown in six of the Steelers’ 10 games. That includes a Week 5 performance where Claypool caught three touchdowns and ran for another against Carson Wentz and the Eagles.
Claypool grew up in Canada
Chase Claypool is giving Canadian football fans another reason to be invested in the 2020 NFL season and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ chance of an undefeated season.
Claypool grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and played basketball and American football. According to 247 Sports, Claypool received offers from Power 5 programs like Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Oregon.
Claypool signed with Notre Dame, and spent the next four years there.
Claypool is one of 19 players currently on NFL rosters. That list also includes Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out of the 2020 season to serve on the front lines and assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duvernay-Tardif, who graduated from medical school, is working as an orderly at a long-term care facility.
Chase Claypool once caught 10 touchdowns in a game
Scoring touchdowns with ease is nothing new for Chase Claypool.
Many years before he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, Claypool grew up playing American football in Canada. When he was only 10 years old, Claypool scored 10 touchdowns in one game.
Chase’s mother, Jasmine, reflected on the incredible performance in an interview with ESPN. Jasmine said the plan, “was not for him to score 10 touchdowns.”
“There were other players that were on the field. It’s not like he was the only player on the field. But they’d throw to him in those critical situations at third or fourth down, and he’d score a touchdown. It wasn’t intentional: ‘Hey we’re going to rub your nose in all these touchdowns.’ You’re not going to tell him, ‘Don’t score. Just get a first down.'”
Clearly, Claypool did that and much more at such a young age.
Only three players — former Cardinals tight end Bob Shaw, San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice, and Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. — have officially caught five touchdowns in an NFL game.
One shouldn’t be surprised to potentially see Chase Claypool join that club point at his current pace.