San Francisco 49er legend and the man responsible for arguably the most important play in franchise history, Dwight Clark announced Monday on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
I wanted to share some unfortunate news: I have ALS. https://t.co/RqU0fFT98g
— Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) March 20, 2017
Clark released a series of statements of support from former teammates and members of the organization.
Jerry Rice: “DC has done so much for me as a player and friend. My rookie year he showed me how to run that out route! We know him for the catch but he’s a great individual who cares about people. Please pray for him Faithful through this adversity!!! I love the guy!!!!”
Joe Montana: “Jennifer and I are saddened by the diagnosis of Dwight. This is a difficult time for Dwight, Kelly and all of us
who love him. He is family, and in our continual thoughts and prayers. We hope the public will be cognizant of
Dwight’s desire for privacy.“
Eddie DeBartolo: “Dwight has been an integral part of my family’s life for almost four decades. We are absolutely devastated. We vow to do everything in our power to support Dwight and Kelly and help them fight this horrible disease.”
Keena Turner: “We are here for Dwight. We are teammates for life and we will not allow him to go through this challenge alone. I am proud of the courageous way he is approaching this challenge. I will be here for him and with him.”
Several former players also tweeted out their support.
Dwight Clark will fight this with the heart of a Champion. I will pray and give my teammate unconditional love and support. #niners4life
— Jesse Sapolu (@jessesapolu) March 20, 2017
Former teammate Dwight Clark revealed today he is battling ALS.He’s in good spirits considering and is ready to fight.Say a prayer for # 87
— Mike Shumann (@MikeShumann) March 20, 2017
During his eight-year career, all of which were spent in San Francisco, Clark was named an All-Pro twice and was a member of two of the 49ers Super Bowl victories in 1981 and 1984. When he hung up his cleats in 1987, Clark finished with 506 catches for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns. Clark also has his #87 retired by the organization.