Indy Like a Local: Clayton Geathers

Who is Clayton?

American football strong safety for the Indianapolis Colts.


Q. How did you get started in football?

I’ve always been around football.  My uncle Jumpy was in the NFL for 16 years, and my uncle Dab was also in the league for a few years. My cousins played football in the NFL and college, so it was always a sport I wanted to play. I went out for the football team (Brown’s Ferry Tigers) in the 6th grade. Everyone in my family was bigger than me so people thought that I was going to be a lineman as well, but Coach Jackie saw something different. I remember him saying that I was different. He started me at running back and gave me jersey #22 after Emmitt Smith. I was fast, strong and my vision was unreal. I remembered after I scored my first touchdown, that feeling that I got was so special. I liked it. Better yet, I loved it.  
 

Q. What do you think is unique about the Colts community and fan base here in Indy?

The Colts have such a positive fan base, I can’t say that about every team. Our fans are full of kind and caring individuals who really support the Colts and that’s a big deal. I really admire all the great things that happen in the community, like promoting pet adoption, and keeping Indy beautiful. I think it’s great that our fans can support not only the team, but also the city.
 
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Q. After a long game, do you have a favorite dining spot or watering hole around Indy? If so, tell us where and why.

Usually after a long game I’m pretty tired. I really like picking up some Louisiana dry rub wings from Wing Stop and heading home to watch highlights and chill with my family, but if we have guests, we go to Yard House. They have great service and I really like their calamari.  
 

Q. If you’re hosting out-of-town guests, where might you take them for an authentic Indy experience?

Have you even been to Indy if you haven’t been to St. Elmo or Harry & Izzy’s? But also, depending on what time of year my guests are here, I’d try to take them downtown and check out an event in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, or go see Monument Circle.
 

Q. When you’re not on the field, where do you go in Indy to relax?

Besides being home, anytime I get a chance to relax I’m probably getting a massage.
 

Q. Is there a certain place(s) you enjoy visiting for fresh air?

When the weather is warm enough, I love walking around the canal downtown with my family.
 

Q. What are some hidden gems or some off-the-beaten-path places or events that you would suggest visitors check out?

The Boiling has GREAT seafood and Trader’s Point Creamery is great if you’re looking for farm-raised/grown food. Just about everything comes from their farm and they have great ice cream too. Both are great restaurants. The Indiana State Fair is definitely a must-go as well. They have the BEST corn on the cob.

 

 


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Indianapolis Colts Player

Kelli Morgan

Kelli Morgan 

Curator of American Art 

Jared Thompson

Jared Thompson 

Saxophonist and Restaurant Manager

George Turkette

Salumist and Owner of Turchetti's Salumeria

Brandon Burdine

Brandon Burdine

Barber Shop Owner and Barista 

Larra Overton

Larra Overton

Sports Reporter

Deborah Dorman

Deborah Dorman 

Realtor and Fashion Expert

Martin Rennie

Martin Rennie

Indy Eleven Head Coach

Chris Handberg (Left)

Chris Handberg

Indy Pride Executive Director

Josh Baker

Josh Baker

Music Club Owner and Promoter

Oreo Jones

Oreo Jones

Hip-Hop Artist

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Walter Lobyn Hamilton

Vinyl Record Collage Artist

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Yoshiko Kamikusa

Ballet Dancer

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Meredith Kong and Kelly Ryan

Ice Cream Innovators

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Jingo M. de la Rosa

Illustrator and Educator

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Josh Rush

Painter and Biking Enthusiast

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Consuelo Poland

Manager, RUCKUS Makerspace, and Executive Director, Latinas Welding Guild

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Sonja and Alex Overhiser

Food Bloggers and Authors

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Mab Graves

Artist and Illustrator

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David Ranalli

Magician and Illusionist

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Michael Pettry

Choir Director

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Andrea Hunley

Public School Principal

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Ben "Action" Jackson

DJ and Founder, Rad Summer

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Trip (Butler Blue III)

Mascot, Butler Bulldogs

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Marisol Gouveia

Zoo Membership Director

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Martha Hoover

Restaurateur

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Pedro Fernandez

Symphony Percussionist

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Hattie McDaniel

Pastry Chef, Vida

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Brian Kelly and Alex Janeczek

T-Shirt Shop Owners

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Chris Eley

Owner, The Smoking Goose and Goose the Market

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Clay Robinson

Co-Founder, Sun King Brewing

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Cole Farrell and Aric Furfaro

Writer and Exhibit Designer

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Ed Carpenter

IndyCar Driver and Team Owner

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Ersal Ozdemir

Owner, Indy Eleven soccer club

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Gary Brackett

Former Colt Linebacker and Owner, Brackett Restaurant Group

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Beth Chappo

Blogger, Seersucker + Saddles

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Jamie and Martine Locke

Fine Artist and Musician

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Julia Moffitt

News Anchor, WTHR

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Julia Whitehead

Executive Director, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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Mali Jeffers

Director of Marketing and Community Initiatives, Ambrose Property Group

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Peter Dunn

Personal-Finance Guru/Comedian

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Polina Osherov

Executive Director, Pattern

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Sam Cronk

Hair Stylist

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Tamika Catchings

Former WNBA Star, Indiana Fever

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Erin Edds

President, Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda

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Frank Mickens

News Anchor, CBS4 This Morning

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James Hinchcliffe

IndyCar Racer, Contestant on Dancing with the Stars

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Januarie York

Spoken-Word Artist

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Mina Starsiak and Karen Laine

Stars of HGTV's Good Bones

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Neelay Bhatt

TedX Speaker

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Shane Brown

Chalk Artist and T-Shirt Shop Owner

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Charlie Kimball

IndyCar Racer

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Ben Hardy

Owner, The Gallery Pastry Shop

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Kimberly Schrack

Owner, Manayunk Calligraphy

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Robin Staten

Founder and Owner, Tiny Urban Escapes

Maria Romaine Brace

Maria Romaine Brace

Owner, Like the Lettuce: Fitness + Health Coach

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