Dwight Clark, the Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers wide receiver who died in June following a battle with ALS, will be commemorated with a statue outside of Levi’s Stadium as well as with a decal on player’s helmets, the organization announced Wednesday.
According to the team’s official website, the statue will depict “The Catch” that Clark made to beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC title game by featuring a statue of Clark along with a statue of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. The two 350-pound statues will be placed exactly 23 yards apart, the same distance the two were from each other when they completed the legendary pitch and catch.
“Almost four decades ago, Dwight Clark’s miraculous catch launched the San Francisco 49ers into an era of excellence,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Since that time, he has served as an inspirational figure to citizens of the Bay Area and beyond. Dwight has meant so much to so many and it is only fitting that our organization continues to carry on his wonderful legacy. The 2018 season provides us a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the life of a very special man, while also raising awareness for the Golden Heart Fund, which was so dear to his heart. Dwight lived his life with great compassion for others, and we want to honor that legacy by raising funds to support his 49ers brothers.”
The team’s players will also wear No. 87 helmet decals throughout the season. The 49ers will unveil the statues Oct. 21 when they play the Los Angeles Rams in a nationally-televised game.