Dallas Clark gives heart-felt thanks to Colts

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Former Colts tight end Dallas Clark choked up as he thanked teammates and staff during a news conference announcing his retirement as a Colt.

"I listened to these people. I put my trust and faith in them and they didn't steer me wrong. That's what's truly special. There's so many great men, so many great people associated with this team and this organization," said Clark.

He had nothing but praise for his coaches, fellow players and staff.

Clark fought back tears several times during the news conference at the Colts complex Wednesday.

"When you have 52 men in a locker room giving everything that they have for one goal, special things happen," he said. "Those teammates, man, such a great group of men that just have helped shape me into being the man I am today."

Clark said it would be hard to name all the people who helped him in his career, and was reluctant to start naming names for fear of leaving someone out. But he did single out Reggie Wayne.

"I think Reggie knows it but he's the guy that I admired so much as a player," Clark said.

Of course, Clark thanked quarterback Peyton Manning, too.

"I gotta thank Peyton...it's just something about that man that really showed you how the game of football should be played."

He also talked about observing Jeff Saturday bring his children to the locker room, and said he wanted to play long enough so that his oldest son, Dan, would remember.

Above all, Clark was humble, saying, "I'm not gonna stand here and think I did it myself, because that would be a bold-faced lie."

Read WTHR reporter Jason Spells' take on Dallas Clark's legacy.