Dwight Clark’s ashes buried next to goal post from The Catch

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Dwight Clark has been laid to rest next to a memento from his most famous play.

Clark, the former 49ers wide receiver who died last month, was cremated and his ashes were buried next to the goal post from the Candlestick Park end zone where he made “The Catch,” the game-winning touchdown in the NFC Championship Game on January 10, 1982.

That goal post now resides on former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo’s ranch in Montana. Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci tweeted a video showing the goal post and Clark’s grave marker.

Clark played his entire NFL career for the 49ers, winning two Super Bowls and being named to two Pro Bowls. His death at age 61 came after a battle with ALS.

36 responses to “Dwight Clark’s ashes buried next to goal post from The Catch

  1. Awesome and appropriate positioning! “The Dynasty Began With You”, how cool is that. Thanks for the memories DC!

  2. Wow, that’s really cool! Good for the 49ers.
    RIP Dwight Clark, you were one of the best.

    Phins fan.

  3. Seems a bit silly seeing as the catch wasn’t by the goalpost and nowhere near a ranch in Montana. But having just watched the catch again it reminded me of the huge fun I had watching Big Joe throw – and the fun of listening to ultra-salty Cowboys still claiming DECADES later that Joe was simply throwing it away! Cry Boy Cry.

  4. There will never be an owner who displayed so much love for his players as Eddie D did. What an amazing tribute.

    RIP Dwight

  5. A little history for the young ‘uns. When Dallas got the ball back, Drew Pearson caught a long pass from Danny White with a few seconds left and would have scored except Eric Wright brought him down with a horse collar tackle. left If the horse collar tackle was illegal then then the Cowboys probably would have won.

  6. RIP to a 9ers great and a true ambassador of the game of football. You are missed, Mr Clark.

  7. That’s nice, if it’s what his wife and family wanted. I would think they would want it somewhere easy to visit, but whatever they want is appropriate for them.

  8. Pretty cool.

    Sad to know the front office was caught violating the cap rules a few years after the SB seasons and forever tainted wins. Not as bad as what the cheating Pats do but still….

  9. Wow, this is creepy and weird. The former owner of the 49ers now collects goal posts and remains of past stars to be buried on his property??? Strange. I guess he is opening a 49 Cemetery on his own property. Very creepy!

  10. Michael E says:
    July 8, 2018 at 8:52 am
    A little history for the young ‘uns. When Dallas got the ball back, Drew Pearson caught a long pass from Danny White with a few seconds left and would have scored except Eric Wright brought him down with a horse collar tackle. left If the horse collar tackle was illegal then then the Cowboys probably would have won.

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    And if the Queen had balls, she’d be King.

  11. Putting the ashes at the place that made him famous is interesting. Makes me wonder what Mark Sanchez will do when his time comes.

  12. “packmangamble says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:18 am
    So who are the 5 morons who would put a thumbs down to these positive comments? It takes all kinds I guess.”
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    Did it occur to you that more “morons” might just post after your inane comments, so that number is meaningless because it will keep changing. Or maybe you see yourself as someone with no future? Regardless. if you call everyone who disagrees with you a “moron,” you need to grow up and perhaps take a long look in the mirror so you know exactly what a moron looks like!

    This interment (on somebody else’s private property with memorabilia that only a mega-rich man could afford) is a stupid, ego-driven, me-me-me decision based on one man’s need to stoke his own ego. It’s a selfish act that ensures Dwight Clark will be remembered as a one-dimensional human being. He was so much more than that!

  13. It’s sad the way he died, but let’s be honest, “the catch” was average, at best.

  14. Diggs’ TD vs new orleans was amazing to experience live, ‘the catch’ is one of the greatest plays ever and one of the greatest shots ever for nfl films.

  15. Putting a guy’s ashes in your backyard like he was some kind of family pet … really? I don’t know anything about Dwight Clark other than the fact that he was a human. Being a human means he had complexities in his family relationships, personal relationships, and points of view about everything. Making his entire life about football … that’s just sad. Do his family members and friends need an appointment to visit?

    The reason they exhumed Elvis Presley and buried him in Graceland is that fans were being disrespectful to the rest of the cemetery. They moved his body, and his family members bodies, out of respect to everyone else in the cemetery.

    Putting Dwight Clark in the backyard seems like just another trophy for an egotistical man with more money than actual heart. This is sad, tragic, and even a little disgusting.

  16. tootitan says:
    July 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    “packmangamble says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:18 am
    So who are the 5 morons who would put a thumbs down to these positive comments? It takes all kinds I guess.”
    ________________________________________________________________
    Did it occur to you that more “morons” might just post after your inane comments, so that number is meaningless because it will keep changing. Or maybe you see yourself as someone with no future? Regardless. if you call everyone who disagrees with you a “moron,” you need to grow up and perhaps take a long look in the mirror so you know exactly what a moron looks like!

    This interment (on somebody else’s private property with memorabilia that only a mega-rich man could afford) is a stupid, ego-driven, me-me-me decision based on one man’s need to stoke his own ego. It’s a selfish act that ensures Dwight Clark will be remembered as a one-dimensional human being. He was so much more than that!

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    You must be one of the five.

  17. I remember watching that game live as a 3rd grader and seeing that famous catch. Little did I know back then that I would grow up seeing that iconic play over and over again in highlights.

    Similar to Immaculate Reception for Steelers, this catch was the start of the dynasty for 49ers.

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