You know him now as one of the (former) key targets for the Indianapolis Colts' (former) quarterback Peyton Manning, but Dallas Clark was also a pretty big deal in college when he played for the Iowa Hawkeyes. And while we'll have to wait to see if he gets into the NFL Hall of Fame, he's already a member of the SB Nation College Football Hall of Fame.
As our Iowa blog, Black Heart Gold Pants, told us in an email:
From spindly walk-on linebacker to all-everything tight end in four years? If there's a more quintessential "rags to riches" story in Iowa history, I can't think of one. Clark arrived as an overlooked and forgotten walk-on from a small town in Iowa. Four years later, as a junior, he earned a closet full of awards and All-America honors and left as one of the most respected, beloved, and dynamic tight ends in Iowa history. Clark was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, a tight end with soft hands who could stretch the field. He was too quick for linebackers to cover, but too big and physical for safeties to slow down. He only had one truly standout season (2002), but symbolically, there were few players that better represent what Iowa football is and has been.
Clark won an impressive 91 percent of the vote in our fan poll. He joins Alabama's Ozzie Newsome in the inaugural class of tight ends.
The SB Nation College Football Hall of Fame is a summer project involving all of the network's excellent college football blogs. Each community could nominate five of its own for inclusion, with 10 of those nominees being inducted by our selection committee, which included reps from most FBS conferences. The remaining 10 were chosen by public vote.