Dwight Clark; the man who made The Catch is dead at the age 61 after a battle with ALS.
It doesn't seem like too long that we found out the former 49er WR was battling this horrid disease. That's because it wasn't that long ago. Clark publicly announced his diagnosis in March of 2017. A little over a year later he's gone. Although he did first begin to show symptoms in late 2015 according to yahoo. That's how quick this can happen. It's amazing to see people like Steve Gleason battle this disease for over a decade. There are countless more people afflicted by this disease but he's one of my personal heroes from how he's attacked ALS. I feel Dwight Clark's family, I'm sure they're very sad but at the same time in some sort of peace. Nobody wants to see a loved one suffer like how this disease makes you suffer, I'm glad he's out of pain now but it's just a really sad situation, only 61 years old.
What else can really be said? ALS bums me the fuck out. Of all the diseases it is my least favorite and nobody I personally know has ever been affected by it. It breaks my heart whenever I hear about it. Seeing a man who made one of the most important catches in NFL history be stripped of his ability to move or speak and just have to helplessly take it is tragic, nobody should have to go through that.
Last season against the Cowboys the 49ers had a Dwight Clark Day where the fans and former players got to collectively say goodbye. One of the more touching forgotten moments from last season.
Rest In Peace Dwight Clark.
January 8th, 1957-June 4th, 2018.