Huey Lewis: “Dwight (Clark) Was An Exceptional Person” – Tribute
Huey Lewis: “Yesterday was a very sad day with the passing of Bay Area Legend, Dwight Clark. Dwight was an exceptional person. One of the principal architects of Bill Walsh’s west coast offense, he was so much more than just a football player. Husband, father, loyal friend, and unflinching optimist, he was a lover of life. And, everybody loved Dwight. He was easy to love. He was smart, handsome, and talented, but also extremely kind, sensitive, and humble. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together. He will never be forgotten.”
Former San Francisco 49ers tight end, Dwight Clark, the receiver who made one of the most memorable plays in NFL history – aptly coined “The Catch,” died Monday at his home in Montana. In 2015, Clark was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) after experiencing weakness in his left hand. He was 61 years old.
Dwight Clark was one of my idols growing up in San Mateo. I was lucky enough to be at the game where my hero Joe Montana perfectly placed the game winning throw/catch to Dwight in the corner of the end zone to beat the cowboys in the 1981 season. I was 4 years old and cried to my parents the entire first half because I couldn’t see the field when the grown ups would stand and scream for the 49ers. I got a chance to meet him when we happened to share the same orthodontist in San Mateo and I sabotaged one of his visits just to meet him and shake his hand. He was incredibly gracious to me that day as a young boy. And I never forgot the impact he made on me as all of our heroes do. I am sad tonight hearing of his passing of ALS but I know he is now resting and at peace finally after many years valiantly fighting such a terrible disease. Thank you for the great memories and RIP! ??