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Frank Clark Suffered a Tragic Loss When 4 Family Members Died in a House Fire

NFL defensive end Frank Clark has spent five seasons in the league. He recently won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. Clark has put together impressive seasons over the last few years and he looks to continue to have more success in the league.

In 2018, tragedy struck Clark when he lost four family members from a house fire. 

Frank Clark had some success in college despite facing off the field troubles

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Clark attended the University of Michigan where he played linebacker and defensive end. During his freshman year he had one interception on the season and six total tackles playing in 12 games. The offseason before his sophomore year, Clark was suspended from the team for felony second-degree home invasion, for allegedly stealing a MacBook Air. He was allowed to return to the team and practice a few weeks later and he ended up pleading guilty to the felony charge.

Clark was subject to no more than 15 years in prison and $3,000 fine, but he was eligible for sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would expunge upon satisfaction of probation requirements. He did not have to serve any time in prison and he was able to play during the 2012 season. Frank saw his numbers increase during his sophomore year and finished the season with 25 total tackles. 

As a junior, Clark was named to the All-Big Ten second team. During his senior season, he was arrested for domestic violence in November of 2014 and was dismissed from the team. He finished his career with 35 tackles and 11 sacks.

Frank Clark making his debut in the NFL

Despite not finishing his senior season at MIchigan, Clark was still a prospect that NFL teams were interested in. The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. Clark joined a talented defense that played in back to back Super Bowls. He spent his first season as a backup to Michael Bennet and Cliff Avril.

Clark finished with 16 combined tackles during his rookie season and had one forced fumble. He spent his first four years playing in Seattle. Clark became a starter during his final two seasons with the Seahawks and in 2018, he finished the season with 41 combined tackles, 13 sacks, two pass deflections, one interception, and three forced fumbles. 

In 2019 he was traded to the Chiefs. Clark had an impressive performance in the playoffs. During the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans, he had three sacks on Deshaun Watson. Clark also made the game ending sack in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs went on to win the Super Bowl and that was Clark’s first Super Bowl title.

Frank Clark suffered a tragedy in 2018

When Clark was playing in Seattle, he suffered a tragic loss. He found out that he lost his father and three family members in a house fire that happened in Ohio. A three-year old boy, eight-year old girl, 46-year old man, and a 44-year old man all lost their lives in the fire. In an article from News 5 Cleveland, it was stated that the cause of the fire was unknown. 

When Clark found out that he lost his father in the fire, he posted a photo of him and his father when he was a baby and wrote a message telling people to keep his family in his prayers. The Seahawks also made a post on Twitter showing their support of Clark and his family. It was a tough time for Clark losing his father and three of his family members. 

According to Cleveland.com it was reportedly the deadliest fire in the city since 2009. Clark was currently in his fourth NFL season when the fire occurred and he received a lot of support from his teammates and other family members.