Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr has made the perfect tribute to Dwight Clark


Last month, San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark passed away after losing his battle with ALS. 

But what he achieved with the 49ers between 1979 and 1987 will live on forever in the memory of many fans. 

In fact, Clark is responsible for one of the most famous moments in NFL history.  


Before he went on to become a two-time Super Bowl champion, the wide receiver had to drag his team past the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Playoffs.

With 58 seconds to play in that game, the 49ers trailed 27-21 at Candlestick Park.

With their championship hopes hanging in the balance, Joe Montana launched a six-yard pass to the back of the end zone - and Clark was the man who leaped up to bring it down. 

The catch tied the game before a PAT sent San Francisco to Super Bowl 16.

The rest, as they say, is history.  



Clark's catch went down in history - not just as the play that sent the 49ers to Super Bowl glory, but the one that made San Francisco a dynasty. 

In the decade that followed, the team went on to win four world championships - and made the playoffs in eight of the next 10 seasons.

Arguably, that may not have happened if the 49ers had lost that game against the Cowboys - so San Franciso and their fans rightly attribute their success to number 87.  


Following his passing, Clark has been laid to rest in the perfect place - one that's been crafted to link him with his famous play, forever.   


Clark's ashes have been buried at the Montana ranch, which belongs to former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. 

On that ranch, he has the actual goalpost that once stood in the end zone at Candlestick Park, meters away from where Clark made his historic catch. 


Dwight's ashes have been buried just a few yards from where the posts now stand on the ranch, roughly the same distance away from them as he was when he made the catch 36 years ago. 

Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci posted a video showing the touching tribute. 

In the clip, we can also see that Clark's gravestone reads "The dynasty started with you!". 

Truly, it is the most fitting of tributes to one of San Francisco's, and the NFL's, greatest ever players. 

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