There comes a time in every athlete’s life where they have to accept that Father Time has won, that no matter what they want to do they just can’t compete at the level needed to be a success at the highest level in sports. (reuters)
There’s an old expression that Father Time is undefeated in athletic competitions, although Tim Duncan has done a great job of keeping him against the ropes, eventually he ALWAYS wins the battle. (startribune) No matter what you do, you are going to age and at some point your body will fail you to an extent that makes you realize there’s no chance for redemption, at that point you realize it’s time to get out in the pasture and graze for the rest of your days. (cleveland) One way that a pro athlete’s body can fail them is when it seems as if no matter what you do you’re destined to suffer an injury of some sort. (thedoctorwillseeyounow) One man who’s very familiar with all of these issues is Dallas Clark, he was once a very talented player, a go to target for Peyton Manning at times, and a truly gifted athlete while in college at Iowa. (bleacherreport)
Clark played a big role for the Colts in his early days, aside from Harrison, Wayne, and James there was one man who Peyton Manning knew he could turn to time and time again, he was the ultimate safety valve for the best quarterback since Joe Montana. (usatoday) Unfortunately as time wore on, so did Clark’s body, concussions made an early impact and started sidelining his career on multiple occasions. (thegazette) I was a big fan of Dallas Clark, although I’ve been a Carolina Panthers fan from their first day of their existence, as a result I became accustomed to great tight end play thanks to Wesley Walls. (inagist) Today Dallas Clark called it a career and announced his retirement after returning to the team that made him a first round draft pick in 2003, the Indianapolis Colts. (profootballtalk) Clark spent a season each in Tampa and Baltimore after being released by the Colts in early 2012, he felt he couldn’t find a spot that worked for him this season and decided to let Father Time have another victory lap. (cbssports) It’s been a good run, and I’m glad he’s getting to go out as a Colt, it’s always better to get out before you do too much damage, hopefully he can have a somewhat normal life now that his time on the field is done. Thanks for the memories Dallas.