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Defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix guides Packers’ defense to win over Bears

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Chicago had the upper end on Green Bay in every offensive category during Thursday’s matchup; however, the Packers defense proved to be stifling enough to get a 35-14 win at home. 

Fourth-year safety Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix continues to show the National Football League on how the most consistent defenders hail from the University of Alabama.  

He finished the game with eight tackles – including one for loss. To pair with his solo stops, Clinton-Dix added a breakup and was credited with accounting for one of four turnovers. 

On his interception off Bears’ quarterback Mike Glennon, the former five-star prospect read Glennon’s eyes, funneled the ball to the middle of the field, and made an impact play. 

It was Clinton-Dix’s first interception of the season and ninth of his career.

His efforts would lead to Green Bay’s offense getting a touchdown before halftime, pushing its advantage to 21-0.  

Prior to this year, the 6-foot-1 defensive back came off a Pro Bowl season in which he recorded 62 total tackles, a forced fumble and five interceptions in 2016. Clinton-Dix also earned second team NFL All-Pro honors, while assisting the Packers to the NFC Conference title game.  

Hailing from Orlando, Fla., he was an enforcer at Alabama before getting selected in the first round – No. 21 overall – of the 2014 NFL Draft. Clinton-Dix finished his tenure with six interceptions, especially two in 2013 that earned All-SEC and All-American honors. 

His four picks in 2012 was a team-high on the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference and BCS national championship squad. Clinton-Dix’s performance that year parlayed in to Alabama’s secondary collecting 18 interceptions; the fourth-most by a defense in the Nick Saban era. 

He’s keeping the “No Fly Zone” rule intact, but now Clinton-Dix wants a Super Bowl ring.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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