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[div id="content_id"]Dwight Clark will forever be remembered for one iconic
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a fingertip grab of a game-winning touchdown that launched the San Francisco
49ers dynasty and is one of the most indelible images in NFL history.

[p]Clark, the author of one play simply known as ”The Catch,” died Monday just
more than one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61.

[p]”My heart is broken,” former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a
statement. ”Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot
put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He
was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and
teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we
hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease.

[p]”I will always remember Dwight the way he was – larger than life, handsome,
charismatic and the only one who could pull off wearing a fur coat at our Super
Bowl parade. He was responsible for one of the most iconic plays in NFL history
that began our run of Super Bowl championships, but to me, he will always be an
extension of my family. I love him and will miss him terribly.”

[p]Clark said in March 2017 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou
Gehrig’s disease), which attacks cells that control muscles. He suspected
playing football might have caused the illness.

[p]The team said he died Monday surrounded by friends and family.

[p]DeBartolo recently hosted a reunion in Montana where many of Clark’s former
teammates came for one final goodbye.

[p]”It was beautiful because we got to see him smile,” said former teammate
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of Clark’s death.

[p]”That’s all I wanted to see him smiling. We cried, we all got a taste of
Dwight, all we wanted to do is see him smile the whole time we all were there
and he smiled the whole time. He made us feel good and I know he felt good
knowing he had all those teammates there to support him.”

[p]Clark won two Super Bowls with the 49ers during a nine-year career that ended
in 1987. He memorably pulled down the winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana in
the NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys following the 1981 season,
a play remembered simply as ”The Catch .”

[p]It’s considered one of the most significant plays in NFL history and sent the
Niners to their first of five Super Bowl titles in a span of 14 seasons.

[p]The play happened on Jan. 10, 1982, when the upstart 49ers hosted the Cowboys
in the NFC title game. With the 49ers facing a third down at the Dallas 6 with
less than a minute to play, coach Bill Walsh called ”Sprint Right Option.”

[p]Montana rolled out and retreated under pressure from Ed ”Too Tall” Jones and
Larry Bethea before lofting the ball toward the back of the end zone. Clark
leaped to make a fingertip catch over Everson Walls and the 49ers went on to win
the game 28-27 and then their first Super Bowl two weeks later against

[p]Clark memorably wore a fur coat to the parade.

[p]”Start of a dynasty,” said former 49ers president Carmen Policy, who later
hired Clark as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. ”I don’t let myself go
down the road of what would have happened if he doesn’t make that catch? As Joe
Montana says, what would have happened if I didn’t throw that pinpoint pass
perfectly angled to be in the only spot where he should catch and no one else
would be able to interfere with it.

[p]”But without that play, I wonder where we would have been. And I stopped
thinking about it, because so much happened after that. And yet, Dwight seemed
to handle it in stride and the two of them, The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
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, they used to have fun playing off of each
other, or who would take the credit, and this and that and so forth. But it was
a special day.”

[p]In attendance that day, was 4-year-old Tom Brady, who grew up cheering for
the 49ers and has gone on to win five Super Bowls with New England.

[p]”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,” Brady said.

[p]”He was incredibly gracious to me that day as a young boy. And I never forget
the impact he made on me as all 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.”

[p]Clark joined the Niners as a 10th-round pick out of Clemson in 1979 in the
same draft class that brought Joe Montana to San Francisco. He got there by good
fortune after only 33 catches in three college seasons as former 49ers coach
Bill Walsh needed someone to catch passes from Steve Fuller at a pre-draft

[p]Clark impressed Walsh enough to get drafted. Montana recalled that Clark left
his playbook on his bed each night in case he got cut, but eventually made the
team. He played on two Super Bowl winners, making two Pro Bowls and catching 506
passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns in nine seasons with San Francisco.

[p]”We are grateful for the decades of love and friendship we shared,” Montana
said in a statement with his wife, Jennifer. ”We are praying for Dwight, his
family and for all your prayers also. We will miss you dearly!”

[p]Clark made his last public appearance in October when the 49ers hosted
”Dwight Clark Day” at Levi’s Stadium. Clark spoke to the crowd from a suite that
afternoon in a weakened voice, calling his disease a ” Viktoria Rebensburg won
her third season title in the giant slalom on Sunday without hitting the slopes
at the World Cup finals.

[p]Strong winds forced the cancellation of the season-ending GS while the German
skier led the standings by 92 points from world champion Tessa Worley of
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, who won the title last season. With a win worth
100 points, Rebensburg was a strong pre-race favorite to wrap up the title.

[p]The last men’s slalom was also canceled, but that didn’t affect the final
standings because Marcel Hirscher had already locked up the overall and
discipline titles two weeks ago.

[p]Both races were called off shortly before their respective starts as gusts
made conditions on the hill potentially unsafe for the skiers. According to FIS
rules, events at World Cup finals cannot be rescheduled.

[p]Rebensburg, the Olympic GS gold medalist in 2010, also won the World Cup GS
title in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

[p]”It’s really something special. It’s been a few years now since my last
globe. I am very proud that I managed to win it again,” said Rebensburg, who
struggled with injuries in recent seasons.

[p]She ruptured ligaments in her left knee three years ago and fractured the
tibial plateau in her right leg just before the start of last season.

[p]”Every globe has a special meaning but this one is more emotional because of
the time in-between,” Rebensburg said. ”I know what’s behind winning a globe.
You have to be consistent throughout a whole season.”

[p]In the overall standings, Rebensburg finished third behind winner Mikaela
Shiffrin and runner-up Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

[p]Shiffrin, who had secured her second straight overall title last week, wrote
on Twitter that she agreed with the decision to call off the last event of the

[p]”Ahhhhhhh shoot! The race is canceled! But it’s really windy up here so
probably a good call,” the American said.

[p]Shiffrin finished the season on 1,773
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title. Holdener was the only other skier to gather more than 1,000 points this
season – 1,168.

[p]The men’s overall champion also applauded the cancellation.

[p]”If you see the wind and how the slalom gates are moving, you don’t have to
talk about a fair race or a quality race,” said Hirscher, who missed out on the
chance to set a World Cup record by winning his 14th race of the season.

[p]”That’s not the important thing,” he said. ”It’s the right decision.”

[p]After the cancellation of the women’s race, Manuela Moelgg announced her
retirement after 18 seasons on the circuit. The Italian veteran secured 14
podiums, including three third-place finishes this season, but failed to win a
race in 283 World Cup

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