49ers’ plans to honor Dwight Clark include statues, helmet decal
The San Francisco have announced this week how the team will pay tribute this season to the late Dwight Clark, one of the organization’s true icons who passed away on June 5 following a battle with ALS.
Clark of course was part of one of the most iconic plays in NFL history. “The Catch,” which occurred during the NFL Championship Game in 1982, was a connection between Clark and Joe Montana on a six-yard touchdown pass led the Niners to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
This highlight will never get old.
Here's The Catch narrated by the man who was doing play-by-play for @CBSSports that afternoon – Vin Scully. pic.twitter.com/x0WAdtnzBN
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) June 5, 2018
The 49ers went on to win their first championship, beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.
49ers CEO Jed York spoke this week about how the team will honor Clark’s remarkable legacy throughout the season.
“Almost three decades ago, Dwight Clark’s miraculous catch launched the San Francisco 49ers into an era of excellence,” York said, via the team’s official site. “Since that time, he has served as an inspirational figure to citizens of the Bay Area and beyond. Dwight has meant so much to so many and it is only fitting that our organization continues to carry on his wonderful legacy.
“The 2018 season provides us a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the life of a very special man, while also raising awareness for the Golden Heart Fund, which was so dear to his heart. Dwight lived his life with great compassion for others, and we want to honor that legacy by raising funds to support his 49ers brothers.”
Among the highlights of the season-long celebration of Clark include all 49ers players wearing No. 87 helmet decals throughout the season.
Starting in the regular season, every player will wear 87 helmet decals.
More DC tributes for 2018: https://t.co/q3AFvmZ4qr pic.twitter.com/LLH9klAam1
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 8, 2018
On Oct. 21, statues depicting the catch in remarkable detail will be unveiled outside Levi’s Stadium during the nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Rams.
If our memories of Dwight Clark are not big enough, @49ers new memorial to #87 & The Catch features DC @ 120% of life size, weighing approx. 350 lbs. & standing 7' tall. Fitting for a man who was a true giant w/ a heart to match, dedicated to his teammates thru @goldenheartfund pic.twitter.com/M7KiSGXIgo
— Al Guido (@AlGuido) August 8, 2018
Additional details concerning the many ways in which the 49ers organization will honor Clark can be found on the team’s official site.