If you’ve been a 49er fan for any length of time, you’ve heard the story of “The Catch”, the play that helped the 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game of 1982 and ultimately led to the team’s first Super Bowl victory. The player responsible for the catch was Dwight Clark. It is the stuff of legends, a football play that changed the momentum of a game, and went down in history as one of the most famous plays of all times.
We lost Dwight this June, to ALS, a disease he has been battling for years. The 49ers are honoring this legendary player in a number of ways this season. The most visible is a new statue that was unveiled on Oct 21st at Leviʻs Stadium. Located near Gate A, it features both Dwight Clark and Joe Montana, frozen in time just as the catch is made. The statue weighs 350 pounds, and the figures of Dwight and Joe are placed 23 yards apart – the exact distance the two players were at during the famous play.
Next Time you are at Levi’s Stadium, take a moment to wander over and take a look at this epic play frozen in time.
Additionally, for the game against the Rams, Dwightʻs jersey number (87) was painted in the grass of the north end zone. It was placed approximately at the spot Dwight was at when he made “The Catch”.
Dwight Clarkʻs charity of choice was the Golden Heart Fund, which is focused on providing financial, medical, or emotional support to ex-49ers. They help former players adapt to a life after football. On November 18th, the Golden Heart Run is taking place at Leviʻs Stadium, to help raise money for the fund.
Here’s a chance to join with other 49er fans to do a 4.9K or a half-marathon in and around Leviʻs Stadium ! There is a kid’s fun run too ! If you’ve every wanted to be down on the field, here is your chance, as the race ends on the 49 yard line, inside the Stadium. Who knows, you may end up running next to a 49er Alumni! For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/49ers-golden-heart-run-tickets-47432397578