LHS to honor Super Bowl alumnus Mike Clark
"Once a Lobo, always a Lobo," said Athletic Director John King. "We're glad to honor a Longview graduate who reached the highest level of competition in professional football: the Super Bowl."
Clark, who played in the NFL from 1963-73 for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys, scored the first points (a field goal) in Super Bowl VI and contributed three extra points as the Cowboys routed the Miami Dolphins 24-3.
Graduating from Longview High School in 1959 before moving on to Texas A&M University, Clark was converted from tight end to kicker by head coach Jim Myers.
Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1963 as an undrafted free agent, Clark was mainly a kickoff specialist his rookie season until being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers the following season.
From 1964-68 Clark was one of the team's most productive players, leading the Steelers in scoring in each of his four seasons with the team. His best season was 1966 when he kicked 21 field goals and 34 extra points for a total of 97 points. The next season, he scored only 71 points yet was one of three Steelers named to the Pro-Bowl.
He is third on the Steelers all-time list for career extra points with 116 and fifth all-time with 57 career field goals. He scored a total of 287 points for the team.
In 1968, Clark joined the Dallas Cowboys and led the team in scoring in each of the next four seasons. That year, he was the second leading scorer in the NFL with a total of 105 points, and in 1969, he again finished second in the category with 103 points.
For his role as a key member of the two Dallas Cowboy squads that won back-to-back championships in 1970 and 1971, the NFL named his alma mater to the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The district was presented with a golden football trophy in Clark's name.
"We've got a rich history of athletic excellence here at Longview High School and we've produced a few NFL stars," said King. "(This trophy) shows our young athletes that someone from their hometown and school was able to make it to the top and — with hard work — they too can achieve at the highest levels."
Clark had two stints with the Cowboys, also appearing in Dallas’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl in Miami in Super Bowl V, booting field goals of 14 and 30 yards with an extra point. He finished his career with 724 points, making 133 of 232 field goal attempts.
Following his retirement from football, Clark worked for Lockheed Martin. He died on July 24, 2002 at the age of 61.
In addition to the trophy, the league provided LHS with its NFL Character Education Curriculum and the district is available to apply for grants through the NFL Foundation.
Dallas Cowboys kicker (and LHS graduate) Mike Clark kicks a field goal during Super Bowl VI. Clark's 1971 Topps football card. Lobo senior standouts Kybrian Sheridan and Jordan Wyatt with the NFL 50 Golden Football.