Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2010 Inductee

Earl "Dutch" Clark (1926)

Earl "Dutch" Clark was a four-sport athlete at Central. The student body elected him as the most popular boy in school when he was a sophomore. When the 1926 basketball team was invited to a national tournament in Chicago, they finished fourth, and Clark was named all tournament center.

Clark became an all-America football player at Colorado College, the first all-American from any college or university in Colorado. He graduated in 1930 with a B.A. in biology. He played professionally for the Portsmouth Spartans for two seasons starting in 1931, then coached football at the Colorado School of Mines in 1933. Portsmouth moved to Detroit in 1934. Clark played for the Lions five seasons, leading them to the NFL championship in 1935 and was six times all-pro.

Clark served in WWII. He became a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and three more Halls of Fame, Pro Football in 1963, Colorado Sports in 1965, Greater Pueblo Sports Association in 1973. The District 60 stadium was renamed for him in 1980.

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