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49ers’ York: ‘Dwight deserves to see a lot of red and gold on Sunday’

San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark, playbook in hand, walks the turf of Candlestick Park before the start of the Dallas Cowboys-49rers match-up in San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark, playbook in hand, walks the turf of Candlestick Park before the start of the Dallas Cowboys-49rers match-up in San Francisco. AP

There has been a decidedly blue hue to the crowd the last two times the Cowboys have visited the 49ers.

“I couldn’t believe it,” linebacker Ahmad Brooks said after last year’s 24-17 loss to Dallas. “I was like, ‘There’s more Dallas Cowboys fans than there are 49ers fans.’”

This year the 49ers are hoping to see red. During halftime, the team will hearken back to its greatest moment, its 1981 NFC championship game win over the Cowboys that ended Dallas’ reign over the previous decade and launched a dynasty for San Francisco.

Their guest of honor is Dwight Clark, who soared in the back of the end zone to make “The Catch” in that game and who earlier this year announced he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a terminal illness that affects the nervous system.

Thirty eight members of the 1981 team are expected to attend. So are former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and executive John McVay. Joe Montana will address the crowd at halftime and it’s possible that Clark will speak as well.

“Dwight was always sort of part of our extended family,” CEO Jed York said Thursday. “He and my uncle (DeBartolo Jr.) are extremely, extremely close. … It’s going to be special to have a day that really honors him, that we can celebrate the great person that he is, certainly the 49ers icon and legend that he is and allow him to be with his teammates and really enjoy the glory that he deserves and the accolades that he deserves from this fan base.”

Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls, who was covering Clark when he scored his famous touchdown and who, along with Clark, has become immortalized in the photographs of the play, will be the lone member of the 1981 Cowboys to attend. He and Clark became friends over the last two decades.

York said he knows Walls won’t be the only Cowboys supporter in Levi’s Stadium. But he hopes it won’t be more than half full of Dallas fans like it was last year. The 49ers are giving out red T-shirts with Clark’s No. 87 and the image of Clark stretching for his famous touchdown catch to fans who attend the game.

The team’s coaches, including coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Robert Saleh, as well as general manager John Lynch, were wearing the t-shirts during Friday’s practice.

“I think every team has tickets on the secondary market,” York said. “I’d love for our fans to be the ones that are buying those as opposed to the opposing team. I would just encourage it. Don’t do it for me, do it for Dwight. Dwight deserves to see a lot of red and gold on Sunday.”

Et cetera -- Kyle Shanahan said he was “pretty confident” linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) would play this week. Foster, Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), Brock Coyle (shoulder), and Dekoda Watson (groin) are listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

* Both fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and defensive end Aaron Lynch (calf) are out for the game. For the Cowboys, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) won’t play.

* Receiver Pierre Garcon was fined $24,309 for the hit Sunday that knocked the helmet off Washington safety Montae Nicholson. He was not penalized on the play.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

1981 49ers scheduled to attend

  • Dan Audick
  • Guy Benjamin
  • Dan Bunz
  • John Choma
  • Ricky Churchman
  • Dwight Clark
  • Earl Cooper
  • Randy Cross
  • Johnny Davis
  • Fred Dean
  • Keith Fahnhorst
  • Willie Harper
  • John Harty
  • Dwight Hicks
  • Paul Hofer
  • Allan Kennedy
  • Pete Kugler
  • Amos Lawrence
  • Bobby Leopold Jr.
  • Ronnie Lott
  • Saladin Martin
  • Milt McColl
  • Joe Montana
  • Ricky Patton
  • Lawrence Pillers
  • Craig Puki
  • Eason Ramson
  • Archie Reese
  • Bill Ring
  • Mike Shumann
  • Jim Stuckey
  • Lynn Thomas
  • Keena Turner
  • Ray Wersching
  • Carlton Williamson
  • Mike Wilson
  • Eric Wright
  • Charle Young
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