Dwight Clark, the receiver who made one of the most memorable plays in NFL history and jump-started the San Francisco 49ers dynasty, has died ages 61 in his Montana home.
Clark had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he first began feeling weakness in his left hand in September 2015.
I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. 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 (@DwightC87) June 4, 2018
Dwight played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1987, playing as part of two Super Bowl championship teams. In 1982, he caught the winning touchdown pass by quarterback Joe Montana in the NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys. The play has been immortalised as 'The Catch' and made it possible for the 49ers to progress to their first Super Bowl.
The team has released a statement that said; "The San Francisco 49ers family has suffered a tremendous loss today with the passing of Dwight Clark. We extend our condolences and prayers to Dwight's wife, Kelly, his family, friends and fans, as we join together to mourn the death of one of the most beloved figures in 49ers history. For almost four decades, he served as a charismatic ambassador for our team and the Bay Area. Dwight's personality and his sense of humor endeared him to everyone he came into contact with, even during his most trying times. The strength, perseverance and grace with which he battled ALS will long serve as an inspiration to so many. Dwight will always carry a special place in our hearts and his legacy will live on as we continue to battle this terrible disease."
🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Rest In Peace!!! We lost a great one!!! Love you brother!!! pic.twitter.com/FT6lE4qAGD— Garrison Hearst (@garrisonhearst5) June 4, 2018