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Dallas Clark to retire as an Indianapolis Colt

Ravens tight end Dallas Clark stands on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns last September. (Brad Mills, Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports / September 15, 2013)

By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun

June 16, 2014

Veteran tight end Dallas Clark will officially retire as an Indianapolis Colt on Wednesday, the team announced.

The Colts are holding a Wednesday morning news conference at the Colts' training complex.

Clark, 35, played last season for the Ravens and caught 31 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns.

Clark was signed to a one-year contract in August after tight end Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp, but his playing time ended when Pitta returned at the end of the season.

Clark was a Colts first-round draft in 2003 out of Iowa.

He set Colts franchise records for the most career receptions (427) as a tight end and receiving touchdowns (46) by a tight end. He finished second overall in receiving yards (4,887) for a tight end.

Clark set tight end single-season team records with 100 catches for 1,106 yards in 2009 and 11 touchdowns in 2007.

Clark had 64 receptions for 847 yards in the postseason, both of which are NFL records by a tight end,
while his four touchdowns are tied for sixth.

During the Colts’ championship run to Super Bowl XLI, Clark posted the highest receiving-yardage total (317) by an NFL tight end in a single postseason since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. His 21 receptions ranked second.

In 11 NFL seasons, Clark finished with 505 catches for 5,665 yards and 53 touchdowns.

He's tied for sixth in NFL history among tight ends in receiving touchdowns and tied for eighth in receptions for a tight end and 15th in tight end receiving yards.

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