After making The Catch over Everson Walls, Dwight Clark helped him get paid

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Dwight Clark, the 49ers receiver who died on Monday at age 61, will always be remembered for making The Catch, a leaping grab over Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls that propelled San Francisco to the Super Bowl. And even though Walls was beaten on the play, he remembers Clark fondly.

Last year, after Clark had been diagnosed with ALS, the 49ers had a day in his honor at Levi’s Stadium. Many of Clark’s former teammates attended, and so did Walls, a former opponent who had a great deal of respect for Clark as both a player and a man.

As Walls recalled last year, Clark approached him after Kodak began using images of The Catch in its advertising. Clark had agreed to Kodak’s use of his likeness, but Walls was in the picture too, and Walls knew nothing about it. Clark didn’t know Walls well, but he was the first person to inform Walls that he was legally entitled to be compensated for appearing in an advertisement.

“I really didn’t know him, but Dwight didn’t even say hi,” Walls said. “He came right up to me with a sense of urgency. And for him to give a crap about if I got my money? I know a lot of guys. Black, white, whatever. They wouldn’t do that. That goes to show how in tune he was as a peer. And that gave me pause: ‘Hey, this dude here is pretty cool.’”

Kodak had an endorsement deal with both Clark and Joe Montana, who threw the pass that became The Catch, but Kodak refused to pay Walls. Eventually he sued Kodak and got the money he was owed.

“I ended up getting a lot more than Joe and Dwight got put together,” Walls said.

Walls was a great player who was a Hall of Fame finalist this year. He deserves to be remembered for a lot more than just being on the wrong end of a historic play, but Walls knows that if he had to get beaten for a big catch, it was good to get beaten by a man like Dwight Clark.

20 responses to “After making The Catch over Everson Walls, Dwight Clark helped him get paid

  1. Pure class. Walls was a very good player, too. Went on to play a good Safety spot with the Giants, as part of that SB 25 team where the defensive gameplan sits on the wall in Canton.

  2. That’s a great football story……Thank you PFT…..

    How about more of those and less if Tom Brady is mad about the super bowl or if the president wants players to stand…..

    How about some feel good stories for the summer…..

  3. I remember Walls on the cover of SI throwing his hands up in victory after the Giants beat the Bills.

  4. Plot twist: After Everson “ended up getting a lot more than Joe and Dwight got put together,”
    did he offer to share, or include Dwight in reciprocal fashion?

  5. Real class act. I listened to an interview of his from 1 year ago and he was so humble and appreciative of everyone around him, starting with his wife, Eddie D, Ronnie Lott, the list goes on.

    Asked if he view life differently as the disease slowly took over and he said he’s enjoying the little things like looking out at the ocean.

    Enjoy every day boys and girls. You never know what the future holds.

  6. Because I was only two when the “catch” was made, I don’t remember him for that.

    But I DO remember Walls for being pivotal in back to back great seasons with the Giants (would have beaten SF if not for that Flipper Anderson garbage) and then his exceptional play in 1990, culminating with our second Super Bowl.

  7. djscottyb says:
    June 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Plot twist: After Everson “ended up getting a lot more than Joe and Dwight got put together,”
    did he offer to share, or include Dwight in reciprocal fashion?
    ___________

    I came to read the comments because I KNEW there would be at least on of you disgruntled crabs. So you’re THAT guy, huh? Hey genius, you ever think he needed to pay lawyers that he was forced to hire because Kodak wanted to play corporate bully? Lawyers ain’t cheap, ask Florio. And it wouldn’t shock if he did in fact break bread. But it makes no difference. Can’t wait until the Trumpettes hit their keyboards with all the “grifter always suing”, “this is the America we live in now”, fake bemoaning intellectually dishonest bs…gotta love PFT comments.

    Remember: the Republicans can’t comment until after 5pm, because THEY’RE AT WORK, THEY HAVE JOBS!! Yes, yes…jobs that don’t involve technology or having a degree. Jobs where they work under the man. Rather than being the man, being your own boss, making your own schedule. Lol. Suckers.

    I’m only writing this to mock THOSE ppl…not conservatives or Republicans in general. Only those types…and we all know the type and they know who they are. The ones who will dislike this comment. #Nonpartisan #Apolitical #Independent

    Can we all agree that there are PLENTY of dumbasses and crooks on both sides?

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