Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark was buried this week in perhaps the most fitting spot.
Clark was cremated following his death last month after a battle with ALS. He was 61 years old. Clark was most famous for “The Catch,” a tremendous touchdown grab on a throw from Joe Montana with less than a minute left in the 1981 NFC Championship game to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers then won the Super Bowl two weeks later.
The goal post from that famous play in Candlestick Park now resides on former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo’s Montana ranch — and now, Clark will too.
Former San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci tweeted a video out on Saturday showing the goal post and Clark’s grave right beside it.
— Steve Mariucci (@SteveMariucci) July 7, 2018
“NFL fans will probably recognize this goal post right here,” Mariucci said. “That was the goal post that was in the end zone of the catch in Candlestick when Dwight Clark beat the Dallas Cowboys on a throw from Joe Montana, and this is Dwight Clark’s stone in proximity to the goalpost where he did make that catch. Rest in peace my friend.”
Clark was drafted by the 49ers in the 10th round of the 1979 NFL draft. He recorded 85 catches for 1,105 yards and four touchdowns in 1981, the best season of his career. The two-time Pro Bowl selection had eight receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the 1981 NFC Championship game.
Clark was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2015, and went public about his battle in March 2017.
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