SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dwight Clark revealed Sunday that he has Lou Gehrig’s illness and suspects enjoying soccer may need brought about the sickness.
Clark introduced on Twitter that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a illness that assaults cells that management muscle tissue. The previous San Francisco 49ers extensive receiver linked to a publish on his private weblog detailing his ALS analysis, however the website crashed Sunday night time, apparently from an overflow of visitors.
“I’ve been requested if enjoying soccer brought on this,” Clark stated within the submit. “I don’t know for positive. However I definitely suspect it did.”
The 60-yr-previous Clark wrote that he started experiencing signs in September 2015. He’s misplaced vital power in his left hand and in addition has weak spot in his proper hand, midsection, decrease again and proper leg.
“I can’t run, play golf or stroll any distances,” he stated. “Choosing up something over 30 kilos is a chore. The one piece of excellent information is that the illness appears to be progressing extra slowly than in some sufferers.”
Clark gained two Tremendous Bowls with the 49ers throughout a 9-yr profession that led to 1987. He memorably pulled down the profitable landing cross from Joe Montana within the 1981 NFC Championship Recreation towards the Dallas Cowboys, a play remembered merely as “The Catch.”
Clark, whose No. 87 has been retired by the 49ers, additionally inspired the NFL and the gamers’ affiliation to work collectively in making soccer safer.
San Francisco CEO Jed York stated in a press release he was “deeply saddened” by Clark’s analysis.
“Many know Dwight as an iconic determine in 49ers lore, whose accomplishments on the sector introduced pleasure to followers around the globe,” York stated. “Our group is lucky to know him extra intimately as an exquisite man who has given a lot of himself as an envoy to all the Bay Space. We’ll stand alongside Dwight and his household as they wage this battle.”
After his enjoying profession ended, Clark served as common supervisor of the 49ers and Cleveland Browns.