Gary Clark joined the Washington Redskins in 1985 after spending two years with the USFL’s most popular team, the Jacksonville Bulls.
Clark, out of James Madison in Virginia, joined a Redskins team that needed a wide receiver to step up and be a second to Art Monk. Clark didn’t disappoint, while Monk recorded 92 catches for 1,26 yards in 1985, Clark hauled in 72 receptions for 926 yards and five touchdowns.
The 1986 season was a banner year for Clark with 74 receptions for 1,265 yards and seven touchdowns.
In the strike-shortened and scab-year of 1987, former USFLers Doug Williams, Kelvin Bryant, Ricky Sanders and Clark led the charge towards the Redskins second Super Bowl victory in the last six years, a 42-10 crushing of the Broncos.
Sanders broke the Super Bowl record with 193 yards on nine catches; Clark had three receptions for 55 yards; Williams was 18 of 29 for 340 yards and four touchdowns – winning MVP honors.
The Skins totaled a record 602 yards, as rookie running back Tim Smith set a Super Bowl record of 204 yards rushing in the lop-sided victory. Ironically, Smith played in only 15 more NFL games and was never heard from again.
The Redskins returned to the Super Bowl in 1991 with a gaudy 14-2 record, led by QB Mark Rypien. Clark led the Redskins with 70 receptions for 1,340 yards and 10 touchdowns. Veteran Art Monk added 71 catches of his own, and Sanders put up 45 receptions as well.
The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, outscoring the Falcons and the Lions, 65-17. In the Super Bowl, the Bills were no match for Washington – the Redskins built a 17-0 halftime lead, and took a 24-0 lead just minutes into the third-quarter. Clark had seven receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins won easily 37-24.
Clark played in 13 post-season games, with 58 receptions for 826 yards and six touchdowns. He finished with 699 career receptions, 10,856 yards, 65 touchdowns and a 15.5 yards-per-reception average. Clark made the Pro Bowl four times in his NFL career.