San Francisco 49ers Legend Dwight Clark Announces He Has ALS

Dwight Clark makes the Game Winning Touchdown catch to Defeat the Cowboys in the 1982 Superbowl.
Dwight Clark makes the touchdown catch that clinches the 1982 Superbowl against the Cowboys.

Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark announced Sunday that he was diagnosed with ALS. Clark is well known for his epic catch that led to his team winning the 1982 NFC Championship game. Clark earned two Super Bowl Rings while playing with the 49ers, and later became the team’s General Manager.

Clark wrote an open letter sharing his story. You can read his letter here. (

Clark wrote in his letter: I’ve got to devote all my energy preparing for this battle and I would hope you can respect my family’s privacy as I begin this challenge. My ultimate hope is that eventually I can assist in finding a cure for ALS, which disrupts the lives of so many and their loved ones.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dwight Clark and his family. The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is fighting alongside Clark and all our PALS to help find that cure.