Dwight Clark Announces He’s Battling ALS

San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark announced on Sunday he is battling ALS.


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.

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Imagine growing up and living your whole life in Canada without being able to skate. All I’ve ever heard my whole life was, “hockey, hockey, hockey” and I all I’ve ever said back was “football, football, football.” I love football. The NFL is my life. I’ve grown up cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I cover the Los Angeles Rams here. I’m far too bias to write realistically about Pittsburgh, and I have a huge soft spot for Jared Goff and those underdog Rams. I’m also a huge Toronto Raptors fan, Vince Carter had the best dunk contest ever. I cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays, but mainly because John Gibbons is so committed to leaning. I guess I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan as well strictly because of geography. I’m currently a journalism student at Durham College, after retiring from my, mediocre at best, rugby career at Wilfrid Laurier University.


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