Clark and Harbaugh sing Stokley's praises

Clark and Harbaugh sing Stokley's praises
December 27, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley (80) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Chris Owens (21) defends during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 14 - 6.

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Both tight end Dallas Clark and coach John Harbaugh lauded Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who has decided to retire after 15 NFL seasons. Stokley suffered his most recent concussion Dec. 10 and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

“He’s one of the best teammates you’ll ever have,” said Clark, who played with Stokley four seasons with the Colts. “Guys (here) still talk about him and ask about him. Tremendous friend and tremendous football player.

“He’s had pretty much every serious major injury you could have and for him to have played 15 years is incredible. It’s a commitment that he has had his whole career. Any adversity he faced in his career he just hit it head on. That’s the kind of player he was. Anytime you needed that big third-down catch, he was going to get open, he was going to find a way to make a play.

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“I think he made a great decision to kind of shut her down. There’s nothing he has to prove. He’s done a phenomenal job wherever he’s been.”

Harbaugh said he appreciated getting to know Stokley better this season.

“We had a little bit in common, because both of our dads are coaches,” Harbaugh said. “They actually coached against one another (in college). When they played my dad’s team, he caught like 25 balls. My dad, talking to the defensive coordinator – ‘He’s the only guy they’re throwing to. Maybe we should double-cover him, triple-cover him?’ But he caught them anyway. Hard worker. Great guy. Very smart football guy. Make a heck of a coach some day if he chose to. Congratulations to him.”

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