Dwight Clark

Dwight Clark

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Updated On June 14, 2022

Dwight Clark was a football wide receiver and executive from Whitefish, Montana, the United States. Dwight Clark also played nine seasons for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1987. Dwight helped his team San Francisco 49ers win its first two Super Bowl Championships.

Early Life

Dwight Clark was born in Kinston, North Carolina, the United States on June 4, 1957. Dwight’s zodiac sign was Gemini and he was 61 years old at the time of his death. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Dwight’s ethnicity, parents, siblings, and early childhood life. Looking at Dwight’s success, we can assume that he was well raised by his parents in his hometown.

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Caption: Dwight Clark with his friend Joe Montana (Source: Pinterest)

Dwight Clark studied and graduated from Garinger High School in Charlotte where he also played for them. Later, Dwight accepted a scholarship to play college football at Clemson University in South Carolina.


Dwight Clark announced that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease on March 19, 2017. Furthermore, Dwight believes he got ALS as a result of three concussions he sustained throughout his football career. On June 4, 2018, Dwight died of the disease. At the time of his death, Dwight was living in Whitefish, Montana, with his wife Kelly.

Professional life

Dwight Clark’s initial love was basketball, but he accepted a scholarship to Clemson University to play college football. He played as a wide receiver because the team had recruited four other quarterbacks as a freshman. Later, the Clemson team allowed Dwight to play offense. Moreover, Dwight was a backup wide receiver and finished with five receptions for 99 yards and a 19.8-yard average after returning to the team.

Even though several in the organization questioned the selection at the time, the San Francisco 49ers picked Dwight with the first choice of the tenth round in the 1979 NFL Draft. Previously, the new head coach Bill Walsh had visited Clemson to scout, Dwight’s roommate Steve Fuller as a quarterback. Bill was impressed with his receiving skills when Dwight participated as Fuller’s pass catcher at the workout. The San Francisco 49ers 2–14 in 1978 and had the same record in 1979.

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Caption: Dwight Clark playing for the San Francisco 49ers (Source: Clemson Sports Talk)

But at the end of 1981, the San Francisco 49ers improved themselves and won the Super Bowl and 1984 seasons. Except for 1982, Dwight made the playoffs every year since starting in 1981. On January 10, 1982, the San Francisco 49ers won the game against Dallas Cowboys by 27-21 with 58 seconds to play in the 1981 NFC Championship game.

During the game, Dwight leaped into the end zone and grabbed a 6-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to tie the game. Moreover, the game is famous as “The Catch” in the history of the NFL. Dwight retired following the 1987 season after nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Moreover, Dwight was a member of two Supre Bowl-winning teams. The San Francisco 49ers retire his number 87 jersey in 19888 to honor Dwight’s contribution to them.


Dwight worked with the San Francisco 49ers as a team executive until 1998, when he left to become the first General Manager of the Cleveland Browns in the expansion period. Moreover, Dwight served as Executive Vice President and Director of Football Operations from 1999 to 2001. On May 14, 2002, Dwight resigned from the Browns when new head coach Butch Davis sought the ability to make personnel choices. Later, Dwight returned to North Carolina to run his real estate business.

Dwight opened a restaurant called “Clark’s By The Bay” after his retirement and filled it with sports memorabilia, including The Catch. In 1993, Dwight was the lead role in the direct-to-video comedy Kindergarten Ninja. Moreover, Dwight also appeared in the All-Pro Football 2K8 video game. In 2011, Dwight joined Comcast SportsNet Bay Area as an analyst for 49ers Postgame Live.

Achievements and Net Worth

During his period on the San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark won the Super Bowl championship in the Super Bowl XVI and XIX. In 1981 and 1982, Dwight and his team won the Pro Bowl twice. Dwight Clark was part of the All-Pro in the year 1982. The San Francisco 49ers introduced Dwight at the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame. In 1988, Clemson introduced Dwight into the Clemson Hall Of Fame. Dwight Clark was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in the year 2011.

Dwight Clark earned a huge amount of money from his career as an NFL player. The estimated net worth of Dwight Clark is around $10 million US dollars. However, there is no further information about Dwight Clark’s salary.

Relationship Status

From 1980 to 1982, Dwight Clark dated Miss Universe named Shawn Weatherly. Later, Dwight married Ashley Stone whom he met during the summer of 1982. Moreover, Dwight had three children with Ashley a daughter named Casey, and two sons named Riley and Mac. In 2011, Dwight married Kelly Radzikowski and moved to Santa Cruz.

Talking about Dwight Clark’s rumors and controversy, he was not a part of them until now. Besides that, Dwight Clark was focusing on his personal and professional life. Moreover, Dwight Clark liked to keep a distance from the rumors and the controversy.

Body Measurement and Social media

Dwight Clark was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 96 Kg. Dwight has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Besides that, there is no further information about Dwight’s other body measurements.

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Caption: Dwight Clark body measurement (Source: Pinterest)

Dwight Clark was pretty active on social media platforms like Twitter. On Twitter, Dwight has over 34.6K followers. Besides that, Dwight is not present on other social media platforms.