March 2012 was a month that not many Colts fans will forget. It was during this fateful off season that Indianapolis decided to release a number of their beloved veterans to pave way for a new beginning for the franchise. Among these fan favorites was TE Dallas Clark. The Colts announced Monday that they will allow former TE Dallas Clark to retire in Indianapolis.
Clark was a first-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. In his nine seasons In Indianapolis, Clark quickly made a name for himself. By 2006 he became a world champion when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. In 2009, the veteran tight end played the best season of his career putting up 1,106 yards on 100 receptions and 10 touchdowns.
After his release from the Colts, Clark played a season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Although he is ending his career after being released by the Colts, he will be retiring wearing the horseshoe.
Allowing former Colts to retire in Indianapolis seems to be a trend after the abrupt release of so many fan favorites. In 2013, former Center Jeff Saturday signed a one-day contract with the Colts so he could retire where his career had begun so many years ago.
Indianapolis will certainly welcome Dallas Clark back with open arms. Clark played a major role in the franchise’s success and their Super Bowl victory in February 2007. He will forever be recognized a Colt by his fans and now he will be able to retire as one.
More to come following the Colts' press conference on Wednesday.