RIP Ken Clark
Former Husker runner dies of a heart attack at age 46
Former Husker Ken Clark died from a heart attack on Saturday. The former running back was 46 years old. Clark finished his Husker career seventh on the all-time team rushing list, with 3,037 yards. His accomplishments and running style made him a favorite among many fans, including me.
Clark was a tough runner. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry over his career. He amassed nearly 1,500 yards in the 1988 season and went for nearly 1,200 a year later. He was named to the All-Big 8 team both seasons.
Clark is most commonly remembered by fans for his effort against then 10th ranked Oklahoma State and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders in 1988. Clark had 256 yards and three scores that day, out-dueling Sanders in the Nebraska win.
For me personally, when I think of Ken Clark it reminds me of my formative years as a Husker fan. I was in the 6th grade in 1988. Clark and his late-80s teammates were the players my friends and I admired. Sports heroes are at their biggest for kids when they are 12 years old. To hear of his passing at the young age of 46 is stunning and saddening. That's too young.
Ken Clark will be fondly remembered and missed, not just by his family and friends but by the community of Husker fans around the country.