It’s Darryl Clack Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown
#76 Colorado Classic
Colorado connection: Graduated from Widefield High School.
Accomplishments: How not to impress a blue-chip recruit and his family: Show up for a home recruiting visit three sheets to the wind. It was early in 1982, and a certain former Oklahoma and New England Patriots head coach ... OK, it was Chuck Fairbanks, then the coach at CU. Anyway, he visited the Security residence of the state's top recruit that season, and I have it on great authority that Chuck had a nip or 12 of rocket fuel on the road trip down from Boulder. The Clack family was not impressed. The Buffs were pretty bad at the time, and it's not likely they would have persuaded Darryl Clack to come to Boulder to play football anyway, but that visit probably sealed the deal. Clack, a multiple-time state sprint champion in the 100 (twice), 200 (three times) and 400 (three times) meters at Widefield, was one of the top prep running backs in Colorado high school history, and he took his talents southwest to Tempe, Ariz. He was an instant sensation for the Arizona State Sun Devils, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in rushing (606 yards and eight touchdowns) in 30 years. The fans quickly took to employing "Darryl Clackers" during games, a loud, clicking noisemaker. He made second team all-Pac 10 as a freshman and sophomore, then first team as a junior, when he rushed for 1,052 yards. An injury cut short his senior season, but the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 1986. He was an excellent kickoff return man in Dallas, but his timing for joining the team wasn't great; Herschel Walker came in from the USFL not long after the draft. Clack played for the Cowboys for four seasons.