Name: Dallas Dean Clark
Born: June 12, 1979
Occupation: Football player, actor
Dallas Clark retired from football in June, 2014, as an Indianapolis Colt even though he had not played for the team in more than two years. Clark signed a one-day contract to go back to the team that chose him as a #24 pick in the first round of the NFL draft and made him the highest paid tight-end in football, just so that that he could retire from the team that made him a star.
Clark comes from an athletic Iowa family, though he was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Both his brothers, Dan and Darrick, played football at the collegiate level as well. Dallas Clark began his college career in 1999 at the University of Iowa as a linebacker, but did not make it into a game during his freshman year. After the red-shirt freshman year, a year later, he played special teams and made six tackles as a linebacker.
His career took a serious turn for the better when a coach moved him to tight end. In 2001, he played 10 games as tight-end and special teams, including returning an on-side kick to beat Penn State. He caught 38 passes for 539 yards and four touchdowns. He was named honorable mention to the Big Ten all-conference team. But it was during his senior year that Dallas Clark began to shine.
He started all 13 games that season, helping lead Iowa to its first undefeated conference season in 80 years. He received the John Mackey Award as college football’s best tight end and then, despite having a year of college eligibility left, he opted to join the 2003 NFL draft. Clark was a first round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. His rookie year he played 10 games and had 340 yards receiving before suffering a broken leg.
In the 2006 Super Bowl championship win, he caught four passes for 36 yards and rushed for 1 yard, helping the Colts secure their first Super Bowl victory in Indianapolis. The following year, he shattered John Mackey’s previous records for receiving yardage, caught passes and touchdowns. That led to the colts $41 million, multi-year offer making Clark the hgihes tpaid tight end in football.
His 2010 season was cut short by a wrist injury and the injury recovering coupled with the absence of Peyton Manning led to a lackluster 2011 season. He was released by the Colts in March, 2012.
Clark played the following two seasons at Tampa Bay and Baltimore respectively and then opted for the one day contract with the Colts in June, 2014, to retire as a member of the team that made his career.
During that career, Clark amassed a net worth of about $12 million.
How much is $12 million?
In 2011, Clark played a San Diego police officer in an episode of the drama Criminal Minds. With $12 million, Clark could fund the salary of a rookie San Diego police officer for the next 260 years.