“One Of The Best Team Players I’ve Seen”May 30th, 2012
Taking a break from dredging up anonymous sources that paint Greg Schiano as a temperature- and pasta-obsessed dictator, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame found time to share some love for Dallas Clark.
In his recent column for SI.com, King quoted Bill Polian talking about how the new Bucs tight end is the ultimate teammate.
I think the signing of Dallas Clark by Tampa Bay — which I wrote about last Tuesday — could pay some dividends even if Clark mirrors his last two years. Combined in 2010 and 2011, he played only 48 percent of the offensive snaps in Indianapolis because of injury, including the 2010 wrist surgery that plagued him some last year. “Will there be a downgrade in his hands, which were superior?” said Bill Polian. “Even if there is a bit of that, he is one of the best team players I’ve seen in football. There is nothing he won’t do to help the team get better — regardless how it affects his stats or his role. He is absolutely unselfish.”
Hopefully, Clark’s team-first ways will rub off on many Buccaneers. But Joe is more concerned about Clark’s health and what he has left in the tank. He’s not here to be a cheerleader. And while Joe likes Luke Stocker, the Bucs very likely need a strong season from Clark to get the most out of their offense.