Nickname of Coach Wood Newton (Burt Reynolds) on the sitcom EVENING SHADE/CBS/1990-94. He earned the nickname “Clutch” when he played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When Coach Newton played football at Evening Shade High School, he was called “Thumper.”
Note: Another “Clutch” character on TV was “Clutch Cargo” (voiced by Richard Cotting), a rugged, muscular writer with white hair who flew a plane around the world on dangerous assignments on the five-minute serialized animated adventure CLUTCH CARGO/SYN/1959-1960.
His sidekicks included, a young boy named Spinner (voiced by Margaret Kerry), the boy’s pet Dachsund, Paddlefoot, and Swampy (voiced by Hal Smith), Clutch’s crusty friend who wore a pith helmet.
The program featured a unique form of animation that used actual footage of moving human lips superimposed over the face of the cartoon characters to simulate speaking.