Phil Clark (American football)

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Phil Clark
No. 37, 39, 22
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-04-28) April 28, 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth: Burlington, Kentucky
Career information
High school: Taylor (OH)
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 4
Fumbles recovered: 2
Games played: 53
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Phil Clark (born April 28, 1945) is a former professional American football defensive back in the National Football League. He was born in Burlington, Kentucky. He played college football at Northwestern University. He was drafted with the 76th overall pick in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

Clark attended Taylor High School. He accepted a scholarship from Northwestern University where he played as a cornerback. In 1966, he received All-American and All-Big Ten honors. He also played in the 1967 Chicago College All-Star Game.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys started the 1967 NFL Draft without a first and second round draft choice, that were traded as part of the price to solve the Ralph Neely dispute with the Houston Oilers. Clark was selected in the third round (76th overall).

After being a reserve in his first 2 years, he was named the starter at right cornerback in 1969. That season, he started in 12 games, before being benched in favor of Otto Brown.

On January 27, 1970, he was traded along with Craig Baynham to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a second round draft choice (used to draft Bob Asher).[1]

Chicago Bears[edit]

The Chicago Bears switched him to strong safety, where he earned the starter position. He was released before the start of the 1971 season.

New England Patriots[edit]

After his release, he signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots.[2] He was released on October 7, 1971, after playing in just two games.


  1. ^ "Daytona Beach Morning Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  2. ^ "The Morning Record - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-11-24.