Dwight Clark, San Francisco 49ers legend, diagnosed with ALS

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BYNicholas Parco
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:05 AM
Dwight Clark played all eight of his NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco 49ers legendary wide receiver Dwight Clark announced Sunday night that he has ALS.

In a blog post, Clark, 60, wrote that he began feeling “weakness” in his left hand back in September of 2015 and after months of tests was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He believes that playing in the NFL for nine seasons, from 1979 to 1987, caused his ALS.

“I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did,” Clark wrote. “And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”

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While Clark said the disease “seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients,” it is already showing its effects on him.

“I can’t run, play golf or walk any distances,” he wrote. “Picking up anything over 30 pounds is a chore.”

Clark played college football at Clemson and was picked by San Francisco in the 10th round of the 1979 draft.

Dwight Clark played all eight of his NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

(Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

49ers CEO Jed York released a statement regarding Clark's diagnosis late Sunday.

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"As a member of our family, he will receive the full and unconditional support of the San Francisco 49ers," York said. "Many know Dwight as an iconic figure in 49ers lore, whose accomplishments on the field brought joy to fans around the world. Our organization is fortunate to know him more intimately as a wonderful man who has given so much of himself as an ambassador to the entire Bay Area. We will stand alongside Dwight and his family as they wage this battle."

A two-time pro bowler, the wide receiver is best known for "The Catch" that carried the 49ers over Dallas in the 1982 NFC Championship game.

In one of the most memorable plays in NFL history, Clark caught a pass from Joe Montana in the very back of the end zone with under a minute left to play to give San Francisco a 28-27 win and a spot in Super Bowl XVI.

The 49ers went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in the Super Bowl, one of two championships Clark won with San Francisco.

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