Dwight Clark's ashes laid to rest in the most fitting place

Dwight Clark was a different kind of dude.

Sure, he was a Pro Bowl wide receiver with two Super Bowl rings.  And yes, he made one of the most iconic catches in sports history.

But mostly, Dwight Clark was a man’s man.

This was obvious during his career, but even more so over the last three years as he battled ALS, which claimed his life June 4.

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Clark wasn’t the type of guy who sought the spotlight. Even when he announced last year that he was suffering from the disease, he did so his way, through an understated blog.

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Over the last year, his friends poured in — some one their own, others in a group — to see their former teammate at his Montana home.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard beautifully detailed Clark’s last celebration with them a month before he passed.

Now another tribute speaks to who Clark was, and what he was best known for.

Steve Mariucci, who was on the 49ers staff in the 1980s, posted a photo of the receiver’s final resting place on Twitter.

“NFL fans will probably recognize this goal post right here. That was the goal post that was in the end zone of ‘The Catch’ in Candlestick when Dwight Clark beat the Dallas Cowboys on a throw from Joe Montana,” Mariucci said. “And this is Dwight Clark’s stone in proximity to the goal post where he did make that catch. Rest in peace, my friend.”

That’s right, Clark was laid to rest in the backyard of former 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo, next to the same goalposts that stood in Candlestick Park.

In fact, Mariucci and Debartolo made sure that Dwight is in the exact proximity to the upright as where he made “The Catch.”

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When Clark made “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, it set in motion one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties.

The 49ers went on to beat Cincinnati in Super Bowl XVI, the first of four San Francisco championships.

Now the man who made the catch can officially rest in peace.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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