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Bret Clark

Bret Clark
No. 28
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-24) February 24, 1961 (ageĀ 53)
Place of birth: Nebraska City, Nebraska
Career information
College: University of Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 7 / Pick: 191
(By the Los Angeles Raiders)
Debuted in 1986
Last played in 1988
Career history
Career NFL statistics

Bret Clark (born February 24, 1961 in Nebraska City, Nebraska) is a former professional American football player who played safety for three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons.

In 1985, Clark signed a $1 million contract with the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits. Later, Bandits coach Steve Spurrier questioned whether Clark was worth that much. Indeed, several people close to the franchise suggested the contract was evidence that owner John F. Bassett's judgment was impaired by the terminal cancer he was suffering. Clark and played 7 games with the team during the league's final season, all off the bench. The contract came back to haunt the Bandits when the league ceased operations. Clark sued the Bandits for back pay and won a lien against the team for $159,980. A court ordered that the franchise's remaining assets - everything from weight-lifting equipment to office furniture to uniforms to memorabilia from the team store - be confiscated to pay the debt, effectively folding the franchise.[1][2]

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