Next up on my list of all time favorite Redskins is Gary Clark, not that super cool Rock/Blues/Hip Hop/Soul singer from Texas. No, it’s the diminutive, but physically talented wide receiver from the glory days of the Redskins. The history of the franchise is littered with small receivers and he was one of the best, playing with the Redskins from 1985 to 1992 and being named an All Pro in three of those 8 seasons. He was also a member of the Super Bowl XXII and XXVI winning teams and a member of the ’70 Greatest Redskins’. Quite an accomplishment for a guy that was a second round supplemental draft from the defunct USFL.
As a kid i remember Gary Clark flying down the sidelines and he always seemed to catch a bomb from Jay Schroeder, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien. A burner in my mind and someone that had a similar playing style to another fave of mine, Santana Moss.
Never thought i would say this, but I really miss the high five…especially the kind where you jump.
Clark was also known for his toughness and superior blocking ability that led to him being named to the All-Madden team numerous times. Gotta love a receiver that is willing to go all out even when his number isn’t called…but that was what those Redskins teams were all about thanks to Joe Gibbs leadership. The trio of receivers at the time of the Redskins dominance were these guys, Ricky Sanders, Gary Clark and Art Monk. One is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and i believe Gary Clark should be as well…although he won’t make it. At least he has made the top 10 of my all time list, that is pretty impressive.
Looking at Clarks Wikipedia page, he was the first receiver in history to catch at least 50 passes in his first 10 NFL seasons…pretty amazing. In fact, the only other receivers to achieve this in their career are Marvin Harrison and Torry Holt. Impressive no less. Here is another link to his biography by Hogs.net that is a little more in depth than i’ve gone.
Apparently Clark is going to coach a Lingerie football team, so that’s a thing. Good luck with that Mr. Clark. Regardless of your coaching decisions, you will always be a favorite of mine and thank you for your time with my Washington Redskins…never mind the Cardinals and Dolphins seasons.
#10 – Gary Clark
#11 – Brian Orakpo
#12 – The Hogs