Clifford Clark looks for success on and off the field

By Mimi Albon, Contributing Writer
 
Clifford Clark is a football player at WLU. His position is the linebacker, which means he calls for defenses, offenses and player positions. It is a position that requires intelligence as well as physical strength. He feels that the team and coach have made him feel welcomed and made him a better player.
 
“They have taken me to another level in and out of football,” said Clark. 
 
From Cambridge, Ohio, Clark has been a stand out linebacker since stepping foot on the West Liberty University campus. Last season he was 1st-team All-MEC, 2nd-team All-Region and honorable mention Don Hansen All-American.
 
Clark started every game last season and he had the most tackles in the Mountain East Conference with 107 and that was good enough to get on the top 25 list in total tackles.
 
Off the field, he is studying to become a nurse.
 
“Nursing is a very rewarding experience because I can make a difference in peoples’ lives,” said Clark. 
 
He uses clinical work to release the stress from football and also uses football to get away from his schoolwork. 
 
His personal life is also very important to him. In his free time, he spends a lot of time with his girlfriend. His family is a big part of his life, in fact his five sisters all being in medical fields inspired him to go in the same field as them.
 
His family always comes first, and they can rely on each other for support. They have been there for him throughout his college career, going to football games and being there for him when he needs to talk.  He also has his fraternity brothers after coming to WLU, as he is the president of Theta Xi. 
 
One of the things he is most passionate about is having the NFL Scoutsmen come to his football games. He appreciates getting recognition for all the hard work he puts in during the year.
 
“I’m humbled and blessed. It puts a little hope in me,” he said. Clark is a very determined individual. He believes in committing yourself to something until you get it done. 
 
Clark said one of his life mottos is, “You can do anything as long as you put your time into it.”
 
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