I love clean jerk exercises and although I don't do them anymore I found them beneficial when I did do them. That said, I don't like them for football as I think you can get better benefits for less risk and it always struck me that the types of guys that are going to excel in football might not always be the best candidates to perfect form in a clean/jerk. Of course, I think doing it for that cross fit nonsense is a complete waste of time and a great way to get injured.
The best part about cleans is the asshole at the gym that does them one at a time, making sure to scream after each rep and then drop the weight. Fucking jackass.