Looking back at Trooper Nicholas Clark’s football career

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Nicholas Clark was more than a trooper, to many, he was known for his superb athleticism.

He played football for Alfred University and was even invited to try out for the Bills. 

Olivia Ugino and Mario Sacco of our sister station NewsChannel 9 look back at Clark’s sporting achievements.

“He didn’t look like much when he first walked in. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached and one of the best players I’ve ever seen in Division III,” said David Murray, Nick’s former head coach.

“When you spoke to him, it’s a guy that commanded the audience when you spoke to him. He looked you straight in the eye, gave you an honest answer, and you knew that this is a guy that people respected,” said Mario Sacco, NewsChannel 9 Sports anchor.

“When Nick was around, everything’s going to be okay, when he was a coach, when he was a player and I know his teammates felt that way; we just all thought that he was an invincible guy and nothing could ever happen to him,” said Coach Murray.

Coach Murray says he and the team couldn’t believe when they heard the news. 

“Shocked…just flat out shocked. You know, if you want one person next to you when it’s time to compete in anything, Nick Clark was that guy,” said Coach Murray.

“That’s the look that I remember, that face paint on him, scoring a touchdown, everyone loving him and that’s the memory that I want people to remember,” said Sacco.

Alfred’s Athletic Director Paul Vecchio releasing this statement: “Nick is one of the all-time greats that has ever worn the purple & gold and did so in a way that left a legacy that will never be forgotten.”

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