Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Dallas Clark, Indianpolis Colts
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46. . Tight End. 2003-11. Dallas Clark. 23. player

Realistically, Dallas Clark was never a superstar. He wasn’t a ridiculous athlete who ran a blistering 40-yard time and gave defensive backs/linebackers nightmares. Instead, he was a dependable, go-to target for one of the greatest quarterbacks in Colts history.

Now even though he wasn’t a superhuman, Clark racked up some ridiculous numbers during his time in Indianapolis. Over his nine seasons with the franchise, he amassed 427 receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns. His best year came in 2009, when he caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.

Some may say that Clark was often aided by Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne’s presence, which could be true to some extent. However, if you watched him play, then you know that he was a unique talent who quickly became a reliable safety valve for Manning.

Clark may not be able to claim numerous Pro Bowl appearances or All-Pro honors, but he was a star in his own right. He made a valiant effort in unseating John Mackey as the best tight end in team history, even supplanting him atop the list of tight end leaders in touchdowns.