Clark, a first-round pick in 2016, enjoyed a breakout year en route to being selected as a Pro Bowl alternate for the first time in his three seasons. Along with his 55 tackles, the 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive lineman set new career highs in both sacks (six) and passes defensed (three).
He started the first 13 games of this season before being placed on injured reserve Wednesday with an elbow injury. While still the youngest player at his position, the 23-year-old Clark challenged himself to be more outspoken in Year 3.
“This last year, this is probably the most I’ve spoken,” said Clark with a smile. “It’s a learning curve for me, too, just learning how to talk – what to say, how to say it, and how people view things I say. It’s definitely a learning curve for me. This year, I’ve never talked so much in my life – to the media or just in the locker room, in general.”
The Stand-Up Guy Award is named after the late Tom Mulhern, a former Packers and Wisconsin Badgers beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel who passed away at age 56 in October 2014.