The Colts are looking back at Dallas Clark’s career

The Indianapolis Colts helmet rests during the pregame warm-up before the AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 4, 2015 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The Dallas Clark Indianapolis Colts are the best tight end in history.

Marcus Pollard, Ken Dilger, and Jack Doyle held themselves in strong positions for the Colts in their careers.

However, Clark remains the best tight end to wear horseshoe in indie.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and recall Clarke’s career with the Colts.

Dallas Clarke helped Colt become a perennial Super Bowl contender

The Colts selected Clarke as the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

The Colts acquired Clarke at a time when they were rising to the AFC rankings.

He joined an Indianapolis squad that already had quarterback Payton Manning, wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Owen, Edgarine James and hybrid pass racer Dwight Freini.

Clarke and Pollard have played together with the Colts in two seasons.

However, Clarke’s rise led to Pollard signing with the Detroit Lions after the 2004 NFL season.

Clark fits the Colts offense seamlessly – be it a simple tight end roll or a three-wide receiver look, he has produced consistent results.

The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Clark presented a lot of mismatch problems for the defense.

It doesn’t matter if the nickel defender or the linebacker covered him – Clark found a way to get in the middle, catch and move the chains.

Clarke’s most memorable post-season reception was during the 2006 AFC Division Round match against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Colts saw the ball down the third of the Ravens’ 46-yard line with 3:57 remaining.

Manning calls out an out route.

Clarke ran the route 12-yard out, reaching out his hand, and somehow caught the ball with Ravens defensive back Corey Ivy draped over him.

The Colts went down first and won the game, 15-6, behind five Adam Vinatieri field goals.

Injured Brandon Stokley sat down the following season of 2006, Clarke played as a wide receiver in the AFC title game, winning the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XL, respectively.

His versatility helped the Colts win their first Vince Lombardy Trophy since moving to Indy in 1984.

It was the most memorable post-season run at a tight end.

Clarke continued his impressive play over the next few years – holding 11 touchdown receptions in 2007 and 10 in 2009.

They were impressive numbers for a tough finish.

It is not surprising that Clarke became a pro bowler in 2009.

It was a shame he only attended one – he deserved more than that.

The Colts have won at least 12 games in seven consecutive seasons from 2003 to 2009.

They also won seven division titles during Clark’s nine-year tenure at Circle City.

He split the last two years of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ravens.

He ended his memorable 11-year pro football career with 5,665 receiving yards and 53 touchdowns.

Clark’s versatility, strength, and zeal made him an elegant pair of horse shoes.

The Colts were one of the reasons the NFL was one of the elite teams of his era.

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