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INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Clark never took his eyes off the screen as a video tribute played highlights from his time in Indianapolis. Mike Gesicki Dolphins Jersey . The standout tight end retired from the NFL after 11 seasons Wednesday and when he stepped to the podium at the teams practice facility, he could hardly keep his composure. "Obviously you should have showed the video afterward," Clark said after taking a long pause to gather himself. "My wife told me to keep it lighthearted. I just dont know how to do that because this place and these fans and everyone here mean so much to me." He retired as a member of the Colts, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2003. Its the place where he won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning in 2006 and spent the first nine years of his career. Clark played for Baltimore last season and for Tampa Bay in 2012. He was released by the Colts in 2011 after the team finished 2-14 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Clark signed with Indy just long enough to announce his retirement, though Colts owner Jim Irsay wisecracked that there was no signing bonus this time. "Theres a lot more meaning behind it than numbers," he said. "Its really a great moment when you have a chance to have somebody come back to town." Clark is Indys all-time leader in tight end touchdown catches (46) and receptions (427). He finished second in yards receiving (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven). Clark set single season records with the Colts with 100 receptions and 1,106 yards in the 2009 season. In 2007, he had 11 TD catches. The Colts won at least 12 games for seven consecutive seasons and made eight straight playoff appearances leading up to Clarks final season in Indy, before his release and the release of other veterans, including Manning. "You cant write this, you cant make this up," Clark said as he thanked everyone from team doctors and equipment staff, to former Colts coach Tony Dungy and former team President Bill Polian, who drafted him with Indys first-round pick in 2003. "Nothing but love," he said to a crowd that included Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri. "For us to go do what we do, theres so many people. Im not going to stand here and think I did it myself because that would be a boldface lie." Wayne was drafted by Indy in 2001 and played alongside Clark each year he was with the Colts. "From day one, he came in with a mission and focused in on it and he locked in on it and within that first year, he came in and made some plays and I knew he was going to be major, major contributor to this offence," Wayne said. "He was that last piece of the puzzle and without Dallas, I dont think we win as many games as we did." Clark got emotional when thanking the teammates hes had throughout his career. "When you have 52 men in the locker room giving everything that they have for one goal, special things happen," he said. "For us, we won like it was like, thats what you do. Until I went to other places, it was like, not everyone gets it. Not everyone can do what we did. Thats the reason why it was so special." Dan Marino Dolphins Jersey . -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October. Daniel Kilgore Dolphins Jersey . Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal (30-21-6) for his fourth shutout of the year and second in four games. David Desharnais added an empty netter for the Canadiens. Reto Berra stopped 25 shots for Calgary (21-28-7). http://www.thedolphinsfansclub.com/Black-Jerome-Baker-Dolphins-Jersey.html?cat=941 .com) - Kam Chancellor bobbed his head in celebration as he crossed the goal line on his game-clinching 90-yard interception return.MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens Big Three have been reunited in the Bell Centre rafters.Guy Lapointe, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the spectacular Canadiens team from the 1970s, had his No. 5 jersey retired ahead of a game Saturday night between the Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild.The 66-year-old Lapointe was in tears with his family as well as the other members of the Big Three defence greats from the Canadiens 1970s dynasty, Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, as a banner was raised to the roof in a pre-game ceremony.It was emotional, Lapointe said. I was thinking of my parents and what it would be like if they could be here.It was my father who convinced me to try out for the Canadiens. He said even if you dont make it, its something youll always remember. You can tell your grandchildren you skated with Jean Believeau, Henri Richard, Jacques Laperriere.Hopefully, hes up there somewhere with a big smile and saying Im glad he listened to me, for once. Savard had his No. 18 retired in 2006 and Robinsons No. 19 went up in 2007.The No. 5 had already been taken out of service for Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, but the Canadiens have three numbers retired in the name of more than one player who wore it. In all, 18 players and 15 numbers have been honoured over the years.The 30-minute ceremony opened with a highlight video of Lapointes career that included tributes from former teammates Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey, Murray Wilson and Rejean Houle.At a news conference after the ceremony, Houle and team president Geoff Molson presented Lapointe, a noted practical joker, with a jersey with the No. 5 upside down and his nickname Pointu on the back. It was signed by his former teammates, most of whom turned out for the game.Savard said he suggested to the Canadiens to retire all three rearguards jerseys at once, but that the team at the time had other plans. As years passed, Lapointes family began to push for the oversight to be corrected.It was going to happen one day, said Savard. Its like the Hall of Fame, sometimes it takes two or three times before they get in.It doesnt have anything to do with the value of the player. We knew it would happen for Guy one day. That it happened later is not the problem. He is having his day and he deserves it.Robinson and Savard gave short speeches before Lapointe gave an emotional talk about how proud he was to play for the NHLs most storied franchise and to have won six Stanley Cups as well as being part of winning teams at the 1972 Summit Series and the 1976 Canada Cup.He saved a special thank you for Claude Ruel, the former Cannadiens coach and player development ace who helped tutor a long list of defence greats. Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey. Its the ultimate honour, he said. To know that my grandchildren will be able to come to the Bell Centre and be able to say thats my grandfather up there. Its unimaginable.The current Canadiens, all wearing No. 5 jerseys with Lapointe name on the back, skated out for the banner raising, with P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov bringing out the banner.Thats when Lapointe eyes welled up with tears.He joked about it later, saying: I was scared they were going to hook me up and put me up there.The Wild players applauded from their bench. The date was chosen because Lapointe is Minnesotas co-ordinator of amateur scouting. Minnesota players had presented him with a signed Wild No. 5 jersey earlier.His former teammates love telling Lapointes practical jokes. He once put Vaseline on his hand to skate Prime minister Pierre Trudeaus hand, and once nailed Drydens shoes to the floor. Savard told a story of how coach Scotty Bowman wanted to punish them with an 8 a.m. practice on the road. When their chartered bus didnt show up, Bowman called and was told that someone with a French accent had phoned to cancel the bus.Lapointe was known for pulling jokes, then looking innocent and saying hey, get the right guy.In his 14 seasons with Montreal from 1968 to 1982, Lapointe was one of the NHLs premier puck-moving defencemen, combining speed and sharp passing with a powerful shot.While Robinson was a physical presence and an offensive force, and Savard played with intelligence and skill, Lapointe was dynamic.In 1970-71, he set a team record for goals by a rookie defenceman with 15 and in 1974-75, he set the standard for goals by a Canadiens rearguard with 29. His highest points total was 76 in 1976-77, when he scored 25 times.The Montreal native won four Stanley Cups in a row from 1976 to 1979 on a powerhouse Montreal team that, along with the Big Three, was led by Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Jacques Lemaire, Gainey and goalie Dryden.Lapointe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.He made his NHL debut on Oct. 27, 1968, his only game that season. He played five more the following season before joining the Canadiens for good in 1970.Injuries plagued his final three seasons in Montreal and he was dealt to St. Louis in 1982. In 1983-84, he played one last season with the Boston Bruins before retiring as a player.He later worked as an assistant coach with the Quebec Nordiques and the Calgary Flames and joined Minnesota as amateur scouting director for their expansion season in 1999. 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