On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 6:30 PM EDT Live Pregame Show Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail preview the Ravens' preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Lions vs. Ravens on BaltimoreRavens.com or in the Ravens mobile app.
  • Tue., Sep. 06, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Paint The Town Purple Help us paint the town purple! Visit M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday morning or the Maryland State Fairgrounds in the afternoon to have your car stenciled with the official Ravens logo.
  • Wed., Sep. 07, 2016 8:00 AM EDT #FindTheFlock Scavenger Hunt Locate one of the six LED Ravens letters spread around Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and you could win great prizes by using the hashtag #FindTheFlock! Clues will be provided Wednesday morning via the Ravens Snapchat account, so stay tuned and make sure to follow BLTRavens on Snapchat!
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by Comcast Sportsnet's Brent Harris.
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sat., Sep. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sun., Sep. 18, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.

News

Print
RSS

The Caw: Why Dallas Clark Doesn't Wear Gloves

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Tight end Dallas Clark hauled in a one-handed catch Sunday against Green Bay.

Dallas Clark may be the last of his kind – the gloveless receiver.

I can’t think of another NFL pass catcher who doesn’t wear gloves. An ESPN story published in 2012 identified four other full-time glove haters, but only one (Minnesota’s Toby Gerhart) played offense, and recent pictures show he’s sheathed now.

After Clark hauled in an impressive one-handed 18-yard catch with his bare left hand Sunday against Green Bay, I decided now would be a good time to ask Clark why he doesn’t wear gloves.

“When I was a linebacker at Iowa, I wore gloves,” he said. “And they asked me to switch positions and I just kind of felt like a linebacker when I had the gloves on.

“It was kind of weird. So I just took them off and felt good with it and just continued onto the NFL.”

Yup, Clark was an outside linebacker his freshman year at the University of Iowa. He switched to tight end before his sophomore year.

Ever since then, he has NEVER worn gloves as a receiver.

“I’ve never used gloves to catch, so I don’t really know the difference,” he said. “I’ve always liked to feel the ball.”

Clark tapes up the knuckles and joints on both of his hands not for traction, but to “help the ligaments out so they don’t get any more dislocated.”

Considering he has caught 558 passes over his 11-year career, including 20 for 256 yards this season with the Ravens, his wardrobe choice is working. Clark said neither coaches nor teammates have suggested wearing gloves over the years.

“It’s never been an issue where I needed some help,” he said. “I’m sure people have said it behind my back. But to my face, nobody has come up and said, ‘Try some gloves.’”

Clark has made the one-handed catch somewhat of a trademark. He had a similar catch to the one Sunday against Green Bay when he was playing in M&T Bank Stadium in 2011 as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Clark remembered it was in the same end zone too.

“I was a lot more open that time,” he said with a laugh.

“Sometimes one hand is all you can get on it. You have a little less room for error. A lot of it has to do with the pass, and Joe [Flacco] threw a great, friendly ball where you could have a chance to catch it with one hand.”

So how is he able to hold on with those bare hands?

“Country strength,” Clark simply said.

Hey, whatever works.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos