Dallas Clark to retire as member of Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Clark spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Colts. (USATSI)
Dallas Clark spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Colts. (USATSI)

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After 11 seasons -- including his first nine in Indianapolis -- and one Super Bowl title, tight end Dallas Clark will officially call it a career Wednesday. He will become just the second player in Colts history (after center Jeff Saturday) to re-sign with the team and retire.

"It’s an honor I can’t even explain," Clark said via the team's website. "It’s amazing just the love and support I have for the Colts and fans, but to see it come back toward me (is humbling). For the Irsay family and Colts family to do this is an honor, something I can’t thank anyone for enough. It’s so special I can’t even express how awesome it is."

Clark, a 2003 first-round pick, had his best season in 2009 when he started 16 games, and caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Colts released Clark after the 2011 season. He played for the Buccaneers in 2012 and the Ravens in 2013, combining for 78 receptions and seven touchdowns in that span. For his career, Clark had 505 catches for 5,665 yards and 53 scores.

"My goal after Year 4 was to get in a position to walk away from the game instead of not being able to play anymore," Clark said. "That’s the case now, and I’m good with that. I got to the point where I could do it for a couple of more years, but I need to walk away.

"When you see how the business is, how injuries happen and careers come and go, I did not see the career I had coming one bit. I’m healthy, I feel great. It’s just the right time."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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