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Clark led Lions to 1982, '83 playoffs

Updated: September 17, 2009, 3:37 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Monte Clark, who coached the Detroit Lions for seven years and led them to the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, has died. He was 72.

He died Wednesday night at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the team said Thursday. He had a bone marrow malignancy associated with lung and liver disease.

Clark was the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins team that went 17-0 in 1972. He became the Lions coach in 1978.

"Monte will always be remembered as a consummate football man," ...

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