Drafted out of Iowa in the First Round of the 2003 Draft, Dallas Clark went on to become a perennial target for future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in an offensive era that saw an explosion of tight end receptions and, subsequently, yards/touchdowns.

In nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Clark made one All-Pro Team and won the 2009 Tight End of the Year Award (becoming just the second TE ever with 100 grabs in one campaign). He also helped lead the team to two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl victory. In fact, his 64 catches and 847 yards are still NFL records for a tight end in the playoffs.

After the 2011 season he and Indianapolis parted ways (after two injury plagued years) he had one mediocre season with the Buccaneers before playing last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

On Wednesday, Clark will sign a one-day contract with Indy to follow in the (somewhat pointless) tradition of retiring with the team where you made your name. NFL tight end takes a toll on your body (at least it sure as shit looks like it from the comfort of our couches). And at 35, Clark is no longer at (or near) his peak. Still, it was a mighty impressive career. His final tallies were: 505 catches, 5665 yards, and 53 touchdowns.

[via SportsCenter]

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