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Mike Clark
No. 75, 90     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-03-30) March 30, 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth: Dothan, Alabama
High School: Graceville High School
Graceville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
College: University of Florida
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 7 / Pick: 190
Debuted in 1981 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 1987 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 1981)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Michael Hugh Clark (born March 30, 1959) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL) for five seasons during the 1980s. Clark played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.

Early years Edit

Clark was born in Dothan, Alabama in 1959.[1] He attended Graceville High School in Graceville, Florida,[2] where he played high school football for the Graceville Tigers.

College career Edit

Clark received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell's Florida Gators football teams from 1977 to 1980.[3] During Clark's senior season in 1980, he was a member of the Gators team that posted the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of NCAA Division I football[4]—from 0–10–1 in 1979[5] to an 8–4 bowl team in 1980.[6]

Professional career Edit

The Los Angeles Rams selected Clark in the seventh round (190th pick overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft.[7] Clark played a single season for each of the Washington Redskins in 1981, the San Francisco 49ers in 1982, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987.[8] Clark was also a starting defensive end for coach Steve Spurrier's Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL in 1984 and 1985.

Life after football Edit

Clark is retired from professional sports and lives in Tampa, Florida. He has one daughter.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mike Clark. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, Mike Clark. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  3. 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 180 (2011). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 95–96 (2007).
  5. College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1975–1979. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  6. College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1980–1984. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  7. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1981 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  8. National Football League, Historical Players, Mike Clark. Retrieved July 18, 2010.

Bibliography Edit

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
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