By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark passed away on Monday. He was 61-years-old.
He was battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for the past year. He was diagnosed with this disease on March 19, 2017.
He played for the 49ers from 1979 through 1987. He was also the receipt of “The Catch,” — the game-winning touchdown thrown by Joe Montana to win the NFC Championship game over the Dallas Cowboys.
“The Catch,” helped propel San Francisco to their first championship. As a member of the 49ers in their hay day, he won the Super Bowl Championship with the team twice.
The former 10th-round pick only played for the 49ers in his NFL career. He also was a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler in 1981 and 1982.
He led the league in receptions in 1982. He also had his jersey, No. 87, retires by the team.
Clark was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1988. He was also inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
In his career, he had 506 receptions for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns. Clark played in 134 games, including starting 97 games. He also had 50 rushing yards in his career.
Clark resided in Montana up until his death. He is survived by his wife Kelly, along with his three children, daughter Casey, sons Riley and Mac, who was from another relationship.
Since 2015, Clark set up the Golden Heart Fund. This fund raised millions to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
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