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Dwight Clark, former Clemson Hall of Famer and 49ers wide receiver, passes away at 61

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Dwight Clark, "The Catch". (Source: AP Images) Dwight Clark, "The Catch". (Source: AP Images)
Dwight Clark. (Source: AP Images) Dwight Clark. (Source: AP Images)

Former Clemson University player and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark passed away on Monday after a battle with Lou Gherig's Disease.

Clark died in Montana surrounded by family and friends.  He was 61-years-old.

Clark's wife, Kelly Clark, sent a message to his followers from his Twitter account at 6:39 p.m. saying she lost her best friend and husband after a battle with the disease also known as ALS. He had battled the disease for two years.

Clark played football for Clemson University before being drafted by the 49ers in the 10th round of the NFL draft in 1979.

He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1988.

“My heart breaks today,” said Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney.  “When I was growing up, I remember watching Dwight Clark play.  As a receiver he was someone I looked up to.  I remember his catch against the Dallas Cowboys."

Clark played on two Super Bowl championship teams. He propelled the 49ers to their first Super Bowl championship when he caught the winning touchdown pass in a play that has since been immortalized as "The Catch".

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