RIP, Dwight Clark

In very sad news today, Dwight Clark passed away in Montana at his ranch from ALS at the age of 61. The man who brought to life one of the most iconic moments in all of sports, gone at far too young an age.  His catch literally changed the course of the 49ers, as it ushered the team to their first Super Bowl appearance, and ended an awful day for the Niners as they outgained Dallas 400 to 250 but turned the ball over 6 times.

It erased the frustration of die-hard fans who suffered through the ’70-’71, and ’72 playoff losses to the Cowboys, erased the 59-14 shellacking of the Niners by Dallas the year before. And it started the reign of the Niners as the team of the ’80s.

In his 9 year career, he set many of the 49er receiving records that were soon to be smashed by Jerry Rice.

Receptions: 506
Receiving TDs
‎: ‎48
Receiving yards‎: ‎6,750
Games started‎: ‎97

Not earthshaking numbers, but a solid career that included clutch catch after clutch catch. Saw him play many games at the Stick, including Joe’s coming out party in the greatest comeback game in 1980 where Clark had 6 catches for 155 yards, including a 71 yard TD strike.

I could go on and on re: Clark’s impact on the local and national football scene, and how genuinely nice he was when I bumped into he and Joe at the Hillsdale mall a few months after SB XVI, but he will be terribly missed by 49er fans, and football fans everywhere.

This is the last time I saw him. The Farewell Candlestick flag football game.

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14 Responses to RIP, Dwight Clark

  1. Winder says:

    Chuck- That was a nice post and very true. The 81 49ers took away years of misery and hearbreak. Dwight Clark was a major ;part of that. I can still feel what it was like the minute he caught that pass and I know I always will be able to feel it. It is the exact same feeling that the 2010 Giants gave me when we recorded the last out. Priceless.

  2. rtfirefly says:

    The game was fixed in favor of “America’s Team”. The Niners had the lead in the 2nd half. With the ball at midfield, the Boys went deep to Preston Pearson. Watch the film! Pearson pushed off but rookie Ronnie Lott got called for DPI while getting the INT and returning it right back to midfield. Cowboys TD! Gift 7 points (Vegas was proud) to the Boys. Ripoff, but all things that end well..

    Oh well, we all gotta go and Dwight, you shone! Again, RIP!

  3. NJ49er says:

    RIP DC 😦

    Tom Brady was an admirer and 9er Fan as well –

  4. Rob says:

    Back when Dwight played QB’s weren’t coddled , money wasn’t king and it wasn’t a pass first league ! In spite of that Clark still scored a TD every other game and was good for setting up another every game ! Which WR today can say that ?

  5. 12th Man says:

    Tragic ending for him, very sad. So happy I got to see him and the tribute they gave him at Levi, very touching to see Eddie D and so many old teammates who came out for him.

  6. Winder says:

    Looks like we just signed another safety. JJ Wilcox

  7. unca_chuck says:

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Wilcox is just a body at this point. he’s a journeyman. He may stick though. He has shown some talent.

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    I was at that flag football game also with my son, and yes DC was one of the greats to put the Niners in the news, truly a humble dude

  10. NJ49er says:

    I can honestly say that Eddie and ‘His Guys’ shaped my football loyalties at a time when my family was just starting.
    I’ve used his Family approach to show my kids just what teamwork, and dedication, is all about.
    Can’t say enough for Eddie and what he accomplished in SF.
    Treat people the right way and, you’ll have friends forever.
    Not something that can be said for any other NFL Owner IMO.

    Class Act Mr D.
    I share your pain with the passing of DC.
    A moment in time that will live on forever with that single Catch.

    RIP DC….

  11. unca_chuck says:

    So much for JJ. He signed with the Jets.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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