Dwight Clark was an outstanding wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1987. Born in 1957 in Kinston and a graduate of Garinger High School in Charlotte, he played his college football at Clemson before being drafted in the 10th round of the 1979 entry draft.
Clark’s career numbers included 506 catches for 6750 yards and 48 touchdowns, along with 50 rushing yards. He led the NFL in receptions (60) during the strike shortened 1982 season, and made the Pro Bowl twice(1981, 1982) in his nine NFL seasons.
Clark’s most memorable touchdown--perhaps one of the most memorable in NFL history-- came in the 1982 NFC Playoffs. The San Francisco 49ers were trailing the Dallas Cowboys 27-21 in the final minute of play with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line. 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 finished the game with eight receptions for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Clark was a member of two Super Bowl winning teams and 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.
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