Listen Now: A Football Legend
Playing pro football is a tough job. But dealing with death is a lot harder.
Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49ers’ most beloved player in its long history, passed into eternity last Tuesday at the young age of 61, after a two year battle with ALS. His early and painful death broke the hearts of thousands of 49er faithful, and brought sadness to millions of football fans around the world who remembered his greatness distilled into one big play.
Dwight was best known for “the catch,” his fingertip grab of quarterback Joe Montano’s hail mary pass on january 10th, 1982, that gave the 49ers a one point win over their arch-rival Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game. That win sent his team to its first super bowl, which they won, launching one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.
Over his nine year playing career, Clark went to two Pro Bowls, has the fourth most catches and sixth most touchdown receptions in franchise history. He then went into front office management, teaching others how to win on and off the field.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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