COLTS BLOG-TE DALLAS CLARK

Seventh-Year Veteran Tight End Dallas Clark will blog on www.colts.com bi-weekly throughout the season. In this installment, Clark follows up on his annual fundraiser and discusses returning from the bye week.

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Colts TE Dallas Clark Blog-October 23

The bye week was really good. When you're winning you don't really want to have a bye week, you want to keep going. Sometimes a bye week is good if you're kind of beat up as a team, but so far we've stayed pretty healthy for the most part. I think this team handles bye weeks really well, and Coach Caldwell does a good job of giving us our rest. And when it's time to work, we work, and when it's time to rest, we rest. Our guys don't take advantage of that, and I don't think you can do that with every team around the league. It was a good weekend, went back to Iowa, saw family and friends. If there's a place that you want to go to relax, it's Iowa, because there's not anything going on, especially when it's raining and cold. There's no place I'd rather be, a great place to go and great to see all the family and friends for a few days. But now for us, it's back to work, and I'm looking forward to that. We have a good thing going on right now. It's time to get back out there and play.

Speaking of Iowa, I am excited about my Hawkeyes' start to the season. We have come a long way since Week 1. I don't know if you want to call it perseverance or what, but the great thing about them is that they are playing as a team. They don't rely on one guy or a big name, but that's the great thing about it, is that they exemplify team football. They're working their butts off, wanting to get better, coaches getting the most out of them. That's kind of what we've relied on, and that's what Iowa is all about.

I also wanted to follow up on my annual fundraising dinner for the Make-A-Wish Foundation last week. It was an outstanding night. We had over 400 people in attendance, including a great showing from my teammates who came out and supported the cause. It was a fun night, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. We had some good live auction items. We auctioned off a chocolate lab puppy, something you don't see everyday, and she was the cutest thing in the world, too. She has a good home now. We raised over $200,000, which is the most we've raised so far. And in these tough economic times, it says a great deal to the people of Indiana for supporting and still realizing, understanding there are people in greater need. And we try to emphasize that you don't need to give a knockout donation. If everyone gives $20, whatever you can give, all that adds up, all that adds up to a wish, and all that adds up to a kid being able to do whatever he or she wants to do for one time. So it's a great thing, and I think people recognize that. So now we have to see what we can do next year, what we can do to improve, what we can do to get to $300,000. As long as we have that mentality of always trying to improve, no one else is going to benefit but the kids, and that's your whole goal.

I will keep updating you every couple of Fridays here throughout the season. GO COLTS!

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