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Dallas Clark to retire from NFL

Former Hawkeye had 53 NFL touchdown catches

Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dallas Clark (87) runs for yardage after his catch in front of Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dallas Clark (87) runs for yardage after his catch in front of Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Clark, who was as instrumental as perhaps any player in the Iowa’s Big Ten football championship of 2002, is retiring as an NFL player.

Clark played 11 years in the NFL, the first nine with the Indianapolis Colts. He spent a season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was with the Baltimore Ravens last season.

His career totals as a pro were 505 catches for 5,665 yards and 53 touchdowns. He was a member of the Colts’ 2006 Super Bowl-championship team, and had four receptions in the Super Bowl win over Chicago.

He started 118 NFL games. The Colts were 84-31 with Clark in their starting lineup.

Clark was a first-round draft pick by Indianapolis in 2003. In 2002, he had 43 catches for 742 yards and four TDs at Iowa. His 7-yard touchdown catch against Purdue proved to be the game-winner in the Hawkeyes’ 31-28 come-from-behind victory over the Boilermakers that season. He had a 95-yard touchdown reception earlier that game.

Clark will sign a contract with Indianapolis on Wednesday and immediately retire a Colt.

“It’s an honor I can’t even explain,” said Clark in this Colts.com story. “It’s amazing just the love and support I have for the Colts and fans, but to see it come back toward me (is humbling).

“For the Irsay family and Colts family to do this is an honor, something I can’t thank anyone for enough. It’s so special I can’t even express how awesome it is.”

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