‘I’m a Colt’: Tearful Clark retires from NFL

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2014) – He set franchise records and quickly became a favorite among Indianapolis Colts fans.

Wednesday morning, Dallas Clark said goodbye to his playing days in the NFL.

After being introduced by owner Jim Irsay—who said of Clark that “the person was even greater” than the player—a tearful Clark reflected on his career as a tight end for the high-powered offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning.

He thanked teammates, coaches and staff, offering praise for everyone in the Colts organization.

“I have to thank Peyton (Manning). That was special,” Clark said of his legendary teammate. “Something about that man that really showed you how game of football was supposed to be played.”

He also singled out wide receiver Reggie Wayne, calling him a “leader.”

“He’s the guy that I admired so much as a player,” Clark said.

Wayne was at the news conference, as were former teammates Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri.

Irsay said Clark was a great football player who “elevated the horseshoe to another level.”

Clark played 11 seasons in the NFL, nine of them with the Colts. He wanted to retire in Indianapolis, which picked him 24th overall in the 2003. He certainly made his mark, setting franchise career records for receptions and touchdowns for a tight end. He was a member of the Colts team that brought home a championship in Super Bowl XLI.

“I’m a Colt, and I’m very lucky to say that.”

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