Former San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark has announced he is battling ALS. On his blog on Sunday Clark wrote, “I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Clark played wide receiver for the 49ers from 1979-1987 and is best remembered for “The Catch.” In 1982 against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Clark made “The Catch” for a touchdown in the final minutes to send the 49ers to the Super Bowl. This play helped kick-start the 49ers dynasty as they went on to win their first Super Bowl that year.
Clark caught 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns in nine seasons all spent in San Francisco. He also made two Pro Bowls, won two Super Bowls and had his number 87 retired by the 49ers. It’s a sad situation and we here at The Armchair All-Americans wish Dwight Clark all the best in his battle.