Dwight Clark was a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. He played his college football at Clemson University before being drafted in the 10th round of the 1979 entry draft. Clark embarked on a fine career in which he had 506 catches for 6750 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Clark's most memorable touchdown came in the 1982 NFC Playoffs. On January 11, 1982, against the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers were trailing 27-21 in the final minute of play to advance to the Super Bowl. Clark caught a short pass from quarterback Joe Montana in the back of the end zone to give the 49ers a 28-27 victory. That play is one of the most famous in the history in the NFL and has been immortalized as "The Catch".
Clark was a member of two Super Bowl winning clubs. His number 87 has been retired by the 49ers. After retirement, he has served as a team executive for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns.
Categories: 1957 births | National Football League players | American football executives | People from North Carolina
DwightClark is a real estate developer now, 48 years old, back home in Charlotte, coaching his son Mac's Pop Warner football team in the same league where it all began for him.
Clark played at Garinger High and Clemson, played nine seasons as a receiver with the 49ers, spent 10 more years in their front office (where he collected three more Super Bowl rings) and another three years as an executive with Cleveland.
Clark's close buddy in those days, quarterback Joe Montana, said once the Super Bowl is over and the locker room celebration is over, he felt a big letdown.
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