University athlete turns to tech college for career training

May 31, 2011

From “Tony Clark moves from gridiron to police beat” — People have wanted Tony Clark on their team since he was in middle school. High schools recruited him. Some 60 colleges, too. And when the NFL didn’t, the La Crosse Police Department did.

Clark, a 24-year-old Georgia native, traveled a circuitous path to becoming one of the city’s newest officers.

College instructors, professional coaches and police administrators rave about his ambition, athleticism and attitude.

“He’s got so much moral fiber it’s unbelievable,” La Crosse police officer Alan Iverson said.

Clark didn’t grow up intending to be a cop. He aimed for the NBA and the NFL – and it wasn’t a long shot.

Already an athletic standout in middle school, the young basketball star was recruited by Georgia’s Groves High School.

Clark was fast…

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