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One of my favorites calls it quits

June 19, 2014 - Andy Heintz
My favorite Iowa football player of all-time retired this week.

Dallas Clark called it quits after a truly inspiring NFL career.

Clark came to Iowa as walk-on out of a small town in Iowa called Livermore. Not many expected much of him in Iowa City, but he turned himself into – with the assistance of the Iowa program – a college All-American and an NFL All-Pro.

I am going to miss watching him streak down the middle of the field for gains that are still unexpected from the experts.

My favorite memory of his was definitely that 90-plus yard play he made against Purdue during the famous 2003 season. I was working a college soccer game at Grand View College when it happened, but I was plugged into WHO Radio.

With other priorities that included mostly work, I listened to a lot of games on the radio back in the day. I think I streaked down the soccer field faster than the players when he took that short pass to the house. But that is how much I enjoyed watching him play.

I still want to name my first son – if I have a son – after him, but at this point, the wife has vetoed that request.

If I ever get a dog, I may have to name him Dallas. Or Herky. Or Hayden.


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