Our own San Francisco 49ers’ Football legend, Dwight Clark, passed away today due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 61.
Clark played college football with the Clemson University. He was recruited by the San Francisco 49ers in 1979. Clark played for them until his retirement in 1987.
During his 9 years with the SF 49ers, Clark played on two super bowl championship teams.
He was made famous by the entire football world for catching the winning touchdown pass from Quarterback Joe Montana (16) in the NFC Championship Game in January 1982 against the Dallas Cowboys. The play immortalized as “The Catch” made room for the SF 49ers to win their first super bowl championship.
Clark is survived by his wife, a daughter, and 2 sons.
His contribution for the success of the San Francisco 49ers is immeasurable.
May he rest in peace.
Here is a YouTube video of "The Catch".