Dallas Clark to retire as a Colt

AP

Dallas Clark is calling it a career, and returning to Indianapolis to make his retirement official.

The Colts announced today that Clark will officially retire as a member of the team, with a formal press conference set for Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Clark was the Colts’ first-round draft pick in 2003, and he played nine seasons for the team. He’s the all-time leader in Colts history for catches and touchdowns by a tight end.

After the Colts cut him in March of 2012, Clark played one season in Tampa Bay and one season in Baltimore. He was effective at times last season, catching 31 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens, but he said this offseason that he wasn’t sure if he could find the right situation this year. It appears that he hasn’t found that situation, and now he’ll enjoy retirement.

33 responses to “Dallas Clark to retire as a Colt

  1. I like it when guys do it this way. He always seemed like a good guy and I wish him the best for the future. Very strong candidate for broadcast work, IMHO.

  2. If not for all-time greats Gonzalez and Gates in the AFCW dominating the TE receiving scene in the 2000’s, Clark would have been regarded as a top TE for a solid five seasons. Colts fans will always think of him as such. Not a great blocker (but not bad by any means), he had good speed up the seams and insane hands, helping him make his share of no-look/one-handed grabs. Colts have had pretty good TE luck the past fifteen years with Dilger, Pollard, Clark, and now Allen and Fleener. (If only Gijon Robinson could have blocked Tim Dobbins!)

  3. Trying to snag errant throws from Flacco is enough to make the best of them want to retire.

  4. One of the better receiving TEs in the last 10-15 years. Not much of a blocker, but his hands and routes were on par with anyone at the position and an ideal fit for those Manning offenses.

    Not sure what his retirement plans are, but seems like a decent fit for a career in TV or Coaching. A solid player and a great person who could easily jump over to the business/broadcasting side of the NFL.

  5. As a Pats fan, I can only quote Anchorman: “At the bottom of my gut, with every inch of me, I plain, straight hate you. But dammit, do I respect you!”

  6. This guy was on a HoF trajectory until concussions and injuries started hurting him. Playing in the slant for Manning is murderous.

  7. Thanks for the season that you gave the Ravens. Class act, I hope for nothing but the best for his future.

  8. At least he is going out on his own terms after a NFL career he can be proud of. There’s still life after football, new horizons and opportunities for much more and he’ll be healthy enough to enjoy it all…not too shabby! Good Luck and Enjoy!

  9. He got all he could from his talent and opportunities. He walked on at Iowa as a linebacker and was converted to TE. He left early to go to the NFL because he was already 24 or 25 as a junior. He’s a classt guy and I enjoyed watching him play.

  10. All too often you hear about the crap the players are getting themselves into, not enough of the good stuff. This guy was not self-promoting, a class act on/off the field, born to wear the horseshoe. As a season ticket holder (before games) he was always real patient signing autographs for the kids, especially during training camp, you couldnt ask for more. I hope they bring him back in some capacity, he is super intelligent and has a real passion for football, cant have enough of these guys in the organization.

  11. Good guy, and nice to see him going out with a win over the stillers, even if beating them wasn’t such a big deal last year.

  12. One of the greatest tight ends of all time, and a classy guy to boot. I had him on my fantasy teams and some years he scored more for me than all my wide receivers put together. Great career and I wish you all the best.

  13. He was a good (not great player). I guess I don’t understand the whole 1 day contract to retire with your old team. If the player and team were so loyal to each other, the player would have not been on another team. Who cares? At the end of the day, Clark was a good player. Nothing more, nothing less.

  14. You had a good run, 44!! I enjoyed watching you play, and always wondered how you made all those crazy catches with no gloves on! Hope the concussions dont have a lasting effect and you can enjoy retirement with your family. Good luck and thanks for giving everything you had

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