Oct 19

Livermore’s Dallas Clark To Be Honored at Iowa Football Game

(From the Univeristy of Iowa)

Iowa City, Iowa – The Iowa Farm Bureau and University of Iowa are teaming up to celebrate Iowa’s farmers for the sixth annual ANF (America Needs Farmers) Game Day on Oct. 22, when the UI football team hosts Wisconsin in a nationally televised game that will kick off at 11:01 a.m. CT, inside Kinnick Stadium.

“The ANF program’s 31-year history is a testament to farming; our proud heritage, where we’ve been and where we can go, thanks to hard work and innovation,” said Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).  “Agriculture’s success is much like the hard-fought success of athletes such as Dallas Clark.  We are proud to recognize Dallas as our newest ANF Wall of Honor inductee, and we thank him for lending his voice to help us reach new audiences who want to understand more about how their food is grown today.”

Clark, 37, walked onto the University of Iowa football program as a linebacker; he left as an All-American tight end. He grew up in Livermore, Iowa, a rural community 12 miles north of Humboldt, and didn’t farm but had family that did.

“My dad was a mechanic on a farm and worked on tractors and helped farmers,” Clark said. “I was around farming growing up, but was never in a tractor planting, combining with family, or anything like that, but I was around it. I always appreciated it and understood the hard work it took to be successful.”

Clark was selected by Indianapolis with the 24th pick of the first round in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons as a professional – nine with the Colts – catching 505 passes for 5,665 yards and 53 touchdowns. An All-Pro, Clark was a starter in the Colts’ Super Bowl victory over Chicago in 2007.

When he stopped playing football, Clark returned to Iowa where he said he was “trying to figure things out.”  He purchased a farm that was in the Clark family for more than 100 years and is now custom-farming with a friend, growing grapes and considering other crops, too.

“I love the lifestyle. I love working and manual labor,” said Clark. “I love being outside and working the ground. Like any farmer, you have to adapt, adjust, and try to make it work. The whole idea of that type of work attracted me.”

Clark is the fifth recipient of the America Needs Farmers (ANF) Wall of Honor, which salutes former University of Iowa football players who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic, and character of the Iowa farmer.  Previous recipients include Casey Wiegmann (2012), Jared DeVries (2013), Bruce Nelson (2014), and Robert Gallery (2015).

ANF-themed activities inside the stadium include a special ANF presentation by the Hawkeye Marching Band during its pregame show and the on-field introduction of Clark.

For more information about ANF and Game Day activities, visit www.americaneedsfarmers.org.