Dwight Clark Announces He's Been Diagnosed with ALS

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Clark revealed on his blog on Sunday that he has ALS, a nervous system disease that weakens the muscles and can not be cured.

After his playing career, Clark went on to serve as a team executive for San Francisco, before taking over as general manager and Director of Football Operations of the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2002.

"The one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients", Clark wrote.

Clark, whose gallant touch down catch in the game's final seconds secured San Francisco's win over the Dallas Cowboys, said he is still struggling with the diagnosis, but plans to face the disease head on and "live every day to the fullest".

A two-time Super Bowl victor as a member of the 49ers, San Francisco went on to retire Clark's No. 87 for his contributions.

Clark played nine seasons in the National Football League, all with the 49ers.

Clark's revelation triggered an outpouring of support from former teammates and co-workers, including quarterback Joe Montana, who threw the famous pass in the 1981 conference championship that led to "The Catch" and sent the 49ers to their first-ever Super Bowl. "Picking up anything over 30 pounds is a chore", he wrote.

Clark described the process of his diagnosis, explaining that it is more a matter of ruling out other diseases and disorders and waiting to see what other symptoms develop. "We hope the public will be cognizant of Dwight's desire for privacy". I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

Clark said he has started experiencing weakness in his right hand, abs, lower back and right leg. My rookie year, he showed me how to run that out route.

The Mercury News said Clark was diagnosed in 2015. She has been my rock. She keeps thinking positive and convinces me each day that we can beat this, as does my daughter, Casey, and my son, Mac. "This is a hard time for Dwight, Kelly and all of us who love him".

Clark highlighted the strength and unconditional love he's received from his wife Kelly, along with his brother Jeff and his wife and children.

"Right now, I've got work to do", he wrote. "My ultimate hope is that eventually I can assist in finding a cure for ALS, which disrupts the lives of so many and their loved ones".

  • Julie Sanders