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‘Definition of a legend’: Mourners remember former 49er Dwight Clark and ‘The Catch’

Dwight Clark hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass with 51 seconds left in the NFC championship against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982, at Candlestick Park. Clark died Monday, he was 61.
Dwight Clark hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass with 51 seconds left in the NFC championship against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982, at Candlestick Park. Clark died Monday, he was 61. Fort Worth Star-Telegram file

Dwight Clark made one of the most famous plays in NFL history.

His game-winning touchdown reception in the 1981-82 NFC championship — simply known as "The Catch" — from Joe Montana led the 49ers to a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys en route to Super Bowl XVI and the first of San Francisco's five titles.

Clark died Monday from complications with ALS at the age of 61.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark.</p>&mdash; Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) <a href="https://twitter.com/DwightC87/status/1003768113194651648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

His death sent fans, players and mourners to social media:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One of the most memorable plays in <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLhistory?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLHistory</a>.<br><br>The Catch.<br><br>Rest In Peace, Dwight Clark. <a href="https://t.co/BhVwwv1xYR">pic.twitter.com/BhVwwv1xYR</a></p>&mdash; NFL (@NFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1003779968885653504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Love you bro Dwight Clark!! RIP</p>&mdash; jerryrice (@JerryRice) <a href="https://twitter.com/JerryRice/status/1003772242562461696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/JerryRice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JerryRice</a> on Dwight Clark via <a href="https://twitter.com/DamonBruce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DamonBruce</a>: “He’s going to be missed but we’re going to try and carry on that tradition. He was one of the greatest players to ever play this game but he was also a great guy.”</p>&mdash; 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) <a href="https://twitter.com/957thegame/status/1003780446813995008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dwight Clark, who famously made &quot;The Catch&quot; in 1981 NFC Championship, died today. He was 61. <a href="https://t.co/WagxJhUkOF">pic.twitter.com/WagxJhUkOF</a></p>&mdash; ESPN Stats &amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1003778152949219328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/49ers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@49ers</a> gotta play with a #87 patch this season. Dwight Clark is the definition of a legend. <a href="https://t.co/QfDU9O2vHY">pic.twitter.com/QfDU9O2vHY</a></p>&mdash; Sean Jordan (@BaySean) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaySean/status/1003771326132174849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Really saddened by the loss of Dwight Clark. He was so much more than a football player. He was so kind and happy. Such a pure human spirit. Our hearts are with his family.</p>&mdash; Joe Staley (@jstaley74) <a href="https://twitter.com/jstaley74/status/1003779207342612480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP to a legend. Dwight Clark made the play that I spent my childhood trying to recreate in the backyard.</p>&mdash; Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) <a href="https://twitter.com/nfldraftscout/status/1003771016018096128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It is nice knowing Dwight Clark had that amazing reunion weekend with his teammates and close friends in Montana back in late April. Incredible by DeBartolo to put that together. All the photos and stories made it seem like pure joy for Dwight. <a href="https://t.co/uCA6qwNfnM">pic.twitter.com/uCA6qwNfnM</a></p>&mdash; Dylan DeSimone (@DylanADeSimone) <a href="https://twitter.com/DylanADeSimone/status/1003774083618631682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A fine athlete, a great guy,. Dwight Clark will ever be a part of SF sports history. ALS is such a terrible disase. He remained resolute . RIP.</p>&mdash; Art Spander (@artspander) <a href="https://twitter.com/artspander/status/1003773878395518976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;m not old enough to have seen Dwight Clark play, but if you&#39;re a fan of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFL</a>, no matter your age, you know &quot;The Catch&quot;. Sad to see his life cut short by such a debilitating disease. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIP</a></p>&mdash; Chris Spooner (@SpoonfulOfSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpoonfulOfSport/status/1003772451669635073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP to the legend Dwight Clark. Thank you for leaving behind a legacy that inspires us all to achieve greatness. #87</p>&mdash; George Kittle (@gkittle46) <a href="https://twitter.com/gkittle46/status/1003785600657321984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP Dwight Clark. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> legend. I&#39;ve yet to find a negative word said about the man. Top notch WR, one of the good guys. Champion. <a href="https://t.co/sx4CGKWJ81">pic.twitter.com/sx4CGKWJ81</a></p>&mdash; Kevin Gallagher (@KevG163) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevG163/status/1003773144660922371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">#87 We lost one of the good guys today, 49er legend Dwight Clark has passed after a battle with ALS. He was beloved by his teammates and Forty-Niner fans everywhere. He has been released from the cruel prison of a terrible disease. Now he is free.</p>&mdash; Wheelman (@MrTeamster) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrTeamster/status/1003780057075101696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Never forget “The Catch”. Never forget the incredible battle Dwight Clark fought against ALS. RIP to true legend. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DwightClark?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DwightClark</a></p>&mdash; Cole Thompson (@MrColeThompson) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrColeThompson/status/1003771621742694400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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