Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark passed away at the age of 61 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS). Clark’s wife released a statement from his official Twitter page about his passing.
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
ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that attacks one’s nervous system, weakening their muscles and impacting physical function. Clark announced his diagnosis in 2017 but said he began feeling weakness in 2015.
Former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement:
“Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease.”
Clark had a great NFL career and is mostly remembered for “The Catch”. Clark caught a game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Montana and set up the 49ers dynasty, winning four Super Bowls in the 1980’s.
One of the most memorable plays in @NFLHistory.
Rest In Peace, Dwight Clark. pic.twitter.com/BhVwwv1xYR
— NFL (@NFL) June 4, 2018
Clark played nine years in the league, all with the 49ers. He is still one of the leading receivers in 49ers history, being third in receiving yards(6,750), fourth in receptions (506), and seventh in touchdown receptions (48). Clark went on to serve in the front office of the 49ers organization and won three more Super Bowls as an executive.