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NFL legend Dwight Clark dies after battle with ALS

Clark battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he first began feeling weakness in his left hand in September 2015.


Kahron Spearman


Dwight Clark, the receiver who made one of greatest catches in NFL history and jolted forward the San Francisco 49ers' ensuing dynasty during the '80s, died Monday at his home in Montana. He was 61 years old.

 

Clark battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he first began feeling weakness in his left hand in September 2015.

 

Clark's wife, Kelly, shared news of his departure via his Twitter account.

Im 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 Dwights friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS.

Kelly Clark
Dwight's wife

The North Carolina native played at Clemson before becoming a 10th-round pick of the 49ers in the 1979 NFL draft. 

 

Legend has it that legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh discovered Clark when he was at Clemson to scout quarterback prospect Steve Fuller. Clark was going to play golf when he got a call from Walsh asking him to catch for Fuller in the workout. So impressed by Clark was Walsh, he decided to draft him, though he had just 33 catches and three touchdowns in 34 college games.

 

Clark played his whole career with the Niners, playing in two Pro Bowls and winning two Super Bowl titles. He ranks third on the team's receiving yards list (6,750), fourth in receptions (506) and seventh in touchdown receptions (48).

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