Remembering the Receiver of “The Catch” in 1982

Former San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark dies at age 61.

California mourns the passing of Dwight Clark, the former 49ers wide receiver known for “The Catch.” He was 61 and suffered from ALS.

According to the SF Chronicle, “In October, on ‘Dwight Clark Day’ at Levi’s Stadium, Clark made his last major public appearance during halftime of a game against the Cowboys. He rose from his wheelchair in a suite and addressed the crowd in a weakened voice. He termed ALS a “little thing” he was going through and expressed gratitude for being able to see nearly 40 teammates ‘one more time.’”

“The sight of Clark in his condition was jarring to the legions who will forever see him, at 25, soaring outstretched in the right corner of the north end zone at Candlestick Park for The Catch. Clark’s 6-yard, fingertip grab of Joe Montana’s pass on Jan. 10, 1982, gave the 49ers a 28-27 win over the Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game, sent them to their first Super Bowl and became the moment that launched one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties, while ending Dallas’ reign.”

You can read more about Clark’s life and legacy here.

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