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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday… Dwight Clark

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Bill Walsh drafted Clark as the first pick of the 10th round of the 1979 NFL Draft. Clark tallied 506 catches for 6750 yards and 48 touchdowns, along with 50 rushing yards in his nine NFL seasons with the 49ers. He led the NFL in receptions (60) during the strike-shortened 1982 season, and made the Pro Bowl twice, in 1981 and 1982.

“The Catch”

Clark’s most memorable touchdown came in the 1981 NFC Playoffs. On January 10, 1982, against the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers trailed 27–21 in the final minute of play. Clark leaped and caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana in the back of the end zone to give the 49ers a 28–27 victory and advance to Super Bowl XVI. That play, one of the most famous in the history in the NFL, has been immortalized as “The Catch“. Clark finished the game with eight receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. During the 1981 season, Walsh had Montana and Clark routinely practice the 20-yard end-zone throw after regular practice.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1981, 1982)
  • All-Pro selection (1981, 1982)
  • Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX)
  • San Francisco 49ers #87 retired
  • 1988 Inducted into the Clemson Hall Of Fame
  • 1982 UPI 1st Team All-Conf.
  • 1982 Associated Press 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Pro Football Writers 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Newspaper Ent. Assoc 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Pro Football Weekly 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Football Digest 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Sports Illustrated 1st Team All-NFL
  • 1982 Sports Illustrated – NFL Player of the Year
  • 1982 The Len Eshmont Award
  • 1981 UPI 2nd Team All-Conf.
  • Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV & XXIX (member of the 49ers’ front office)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 506
Receiving Yards 6,750
Touchdowns 48

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