“NFL fans will probably recognize this goal post right here,” Mariucci said. “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, and this is Dwight Clark’s stone in proximity to the goalpost where he did make that catch. Rest in peace my friend.”
Clark was drafted by the 49ers in the 10th round of the 1979 NFL draft. He recorded 85 catches for 1,105 yards and four touchdowns in 1981, the best season of his career. The two-time Pro Bowl selection had eight receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the 1981 NFC Championship game.
Clark was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2015, and went public about his battle in March 2017.
Dwight Clark through his career
Dwight Clark through his career
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Dwight Clark #87 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball after a catch against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park September 9, 1979 in San Francisco, California. Clark played for the 49ers from 1979-87. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 6: Linebackers Jim LeClair #55 and Bo Harris #53 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackle wide receiver Dwight Clark #87 of the San Francisco 49ers at Riverfront Stadium on December 6, 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Pontiac, Mich.: Coach Bill Walsh of San Francisco Forty-Niners (C) with quarterback Joe Montana (L) and wide receiver Dwight Clark at the superbowl.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Dwight Clark #87 after catching a pass against the Los Angeles Raiders on September 12, 1982 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images)
Dwight Clark Catching the Football (Photo by ï¿½ Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 27: Dwight Clark #87 of the San Francisco 49ers warms his hands during the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 27,1983 in Chicago,Illinois. The Bears won 13-3 (Photo by: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 16: Dwight Clark #87 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the bench during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on September 16,1984 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 30-20. (Photo by: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - JANUARY 1985: Dwight Clark #87 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a pass against the Miami Dolphins during Super Bowl XIX on January 20, 1985 in Miami, Florida. The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 38-16. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 11: Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark is honored in front of the home crowd at Candlestick Park during a game against the New Orleans Saints on December 11, 1988 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 30-17. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Twenty-five years ago, Dwight Clark made one of the greatest catches in NFL history. It changed his career, started the San Francisco 49ers dynasty and, for a period of time, ended the Dallas Cowboys' reign as the NFC's top team. Clark a native of Charlotte, N.C., won five Super Bowl rings with the 49ers as a player and front office executive. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Former 49er greats (L-R) Joe Montana and Dwight Clark look on before the game between the St Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 4: Former San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana and Dwight Clark talk on the field prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Rams 26-0. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Former San Francisco Forty Niners Dwight Clark and Joe Montana attend the 555 California Christmas Tree Lighting on November 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, Dwight Clark signs autographs for fans during the 4th Annual Chevron Charity Shoot-Out ahead of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 4, 2014 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)