Dwight Clark made “The Catch” that made a lot of non-Dallas Cowboys fans happy on the that Sunday afternoon, back in 1982, and he sent his San Francisco 49ers to their first Super Bowl and to make it even better, Dwight Clark was from the ACC, and played for the Clemson Tigers, back in his college days….
He died today from complications due to ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and he made quite a target back in the day, for his quarterback Joe Montana and now Dwight Clark is being remembered by many football fans, who followed his career…
The ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis causes tiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually the muscles begin to decrease in size which leads to difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and then breathing….The life expectancy for someone who contracts ALS is 2-4 years and it usually hits people in their 50’s and 60’s and Dwight Clark, the former Clemson Tiger and San Francisco 49er, was 61 years old….
Here is his wife, Kelly Clark talking on Twitter, by way of Yahoo Sports:
“I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband,” Kelly Clark wrote, posting to Dwight’s verified Twitter account. “He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark.”
**********Dwight Clark is best known by football fans of all ages for being on the receiving end of “The Catch,” the leaping touchdown grab from Joe Montana with under a minute left in the game to win the 1981 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The 49ers would win the Super Bowl two weeks later, against the Bengals.**********
CLICK HERE to see the video of Dwight Clark’s touchdown grab vs. the Cowboys back in 1982 and Dwight Clark, went UPPPPP and the TD grab in the back of the end zone…..
++++++++++I just wanted to add this in from ESPN.com, so good info on how Dwight Clark ended up with the San Francisco 49ers…++++++++++
A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Clark played collegiately at Clemson before he became a 10th-round pick of the 49ers in the 1979 NFL draft. As the story goes, legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh discovered Clark when he was at Clemson to scout quarterback Steve Fuller. As Clark was heading out to play golf, he got a call from Walsh asking him to handle receiving duties for Fuller in the workout. Walsh came away so impressed with Clark, who had just 33 catches and three touchdowns in 34 college games, he decided to draft him.
from Wikipedia:Born in Kinston, North Carolina, Clark graduated from Garinger High School in Charlotte, where he played quarterback…