There was little doubt that Dallas Clark‘s days in the NFL were numbered coming into the 2014 season. But before things really got underway this year, Clark decided to go ahead and call it a career.
He’ll officially retire on Tuesday as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
After spending nine of his 11 years in Indy, there was no other place for him to retire. When football fans think back on the tight end’s career, they’ll more than likely picture him as a Colt. He of course enjoyed his best years in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning and company, which included a Super Bowl run in 2006-07.
Clark was still a productive backup TE as recently as last season with the Baltimore Ravens, but it was clear that his best days were behind him. Maybe he would have ended up on a roster this season? But that would have been the extent of it. He would have still been good for 300-400 yards receiving and a few touchdowns, if given the opportunity.
So while you can’t say that DC is walking away on top of his game, he’s at least still walking away a respectable 35-year old TE.
Believe it or not, Clark made just one Pro Bowl appearance during his career (2009). Even though it seemed like he played at a Pro Bowl level every year there for awhile, he only took one trip to Hawaii. But considering the overall success he enjoyed in his football life, I’m sure he could care less about individual accomplishments.
Dallas Clark was a Super Bowl champion, who helped to make the TE position into what it is today. While he’ll never enter Canton, his contributions to the game won’t go unnoticed as the years go by.