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Earl "Dutch" Clark
In 1929, he became the first Colorado College football star to be named All-America, yet he didnít play pro football until almost two years after he graduated, when he joined the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1931 season.
He retired from the pro game after two All-Pro seasons to become head coach at the tiny Colorado School of Mines. However, Clark returned to pro football in 1934 rejoining his team, which by then had been sold and had become the Detroit Lions. For the next five years, Clark, from his tailback position, was the general in Detroit's famed infantry attack that in 1936 set a team rushing record that stood for 36 years. Dutch consistently finished among the leaders in rushing and once completed 53.5 percent of his passes in a season when the league average was just 36.5 percent. He also led the league in scoring three times, kicked field goals and extra points and, is generally considered the last of the great drop kickers. Clark was All-NFL six of the seven seasons he played.
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