Ryan Clark On Career With Steelers: ‘I’m Just So Grateful To God That He Let Me Be There’

In an emotional interview with Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV, safety Ryan Clark expressed just how much he will miss his former teammates and how glad he is that he was able to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I’m just so grateful to God that he let me be there,” said Clark, who signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason after playing eight seasons in Pittsburgh.

During the interview, Clark had trouble fighting back tears when talking about his former teammates, who he really grew close to when he nearly died after a 2007 game in Denver due to complications stemming from his sickle-cell trait.

“Ike [Taylor], Troy and Will Gay, they’re my brothers man, and I think that’s the hard part about this game, because I don’t want people here [in Washington] to think that I’m not excited about it, because I am,” Clark said. “But when I was sick, they came to the hospital. Troy cried with me and prayed with me. So, it’s not like I’m ungrateful for my new opportunity, but that’s the things that I’ll miss, that’s the things that I’ll remember.”

The Super Bowl that Clark won with the Steelers will always be one of his best memories, but when asked to choose another great memory outside of that, he chose one single play.

“Beyond the championship, it would have to be Troy intercepting a pass in 08-09 AFC Championship and scoring, what was basically the winning and sealing touchdown for us to go to the Super Bowl,” said Clark. “There’s no play that I think about more than that, because for me, that year was like, everything was awesome. I come off from being in the hospital and thinking I’d never play football again.”

Clark entered the league with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2002. In 2004 he signed with the Redskins and played two seasons in Washington before being signed by the Steelers in 2006.

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  • DarthVenamis

    While I didn’t like his ESPN side job and some of the comments made while doing that, there is no getting around the impact Clark had on the Steelers during his time here. He brought toughness to the backend of the defense and definitely made a fearsome tandem with Troy for a stretch of years. He had the back end covered which allowed Troy to do what he does best and play all over the field.

    I enjoyed watching him play and I will always remember his hits on McGahee and Welker. Thanks for the Superbowl and I wish him luck in future endeavors.

  • Darryl Watkins

    Ryan, you are a class act who will be terribly missed by SteelersNation. You take time to do things for others which you are not required to do, and that to me speaks volumes about the type of person you are. Just remember, the negative sayers who are always the ones blurting out their opinions, they do not know you so their mean words are irrelevant. Best of luck to you and your family. Thank you, from the PA Sickle Cell Community, myself, and my wife.

  • shawn

    Words are hard to describe how great this organisation is … it really must be something when so many players and coaches feel extraordinarily close to the team, FO, players & the city … and feel such a deep loss when it is time to move on …. Pitt fans are truly fortunate to have such a franchise !

    The Steelers were very fortunate to have him as well … really enjoyed watching him play, wish him nothing but the best !

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Ryan Clark will forever be on Steeler nations heart! Stepped up on so many occasions when Tory got hurt and anchored the secondary. True Steeler football player and I will truly miss Clark as a player and as a person! Best of luck to him this season!

  • Big White

    Gratitude. You were every bit the warrior we embrace.

  • Skinny Merlino

    Hate the guy on espn at least while he was a steelers but he’s a great guy and a great steelers and not another day will come that he is not a steeler no matter who he plays for or what he does when he calls it quits

  • Matt Manzo

    Pretty cool that his favorite memory is somebody else making a play! Deffinetly not a “me first” guy!
    Was one of the best FA signings, too, so no ones forgetting him anytime soon!

  • Bill

    Ryan is articulate and never at a loss for words. sometimes his observations are annoying but when on a sports talk show that’s what he gets paid to do. It would be nice if he didn’t air locker room disharmony to the public. That being said, Ryan played the game like a Steeler: all out, smash mouth Steeler football and I loved him for it. God Bless!

  • Nick Sabatella

    Awesome. True Steeler

  • srdan

    Thanks Ryan