On Monday evening the wife of 49ers legend Dwight Clark announced his death on Twitter.  The 61 year old had been battling ALS.

Clark was best known for his catch during the 1981 NFC Championship Game that beat the Cowboys, simply known as “The Catch.”  

Clark became a hero to many, including Tom Brady.  The Patriots quarterback posted a heartfelt message on Instagram about Clark’s passing.

Dwight Clark was one of my idols growing up in San Mateo. I was lucky enough to be at the game where my hero Joe Montana perfectly placed the game winning throw/catch to Dwight in the corner of the end zone to beat the cowboys in the 1981 season. I was 4 years old and cried to my parents the entire first half because I couldn’t see the field when the grown ups would stand and scream for the 49ers. I got a chance to meet him when we happened to share the same orthodontist in San Mateo and I sabotaged one of his visits just to meet him and shake his hand. He was incredibly gracious to me that day as a young boy. And I never forgot the impact he made on me as all of our heroes do. I am sad tonight hearing of his passing of ALS but I know he is now resting and at peace finally after many years valiantly fighting such a terrible disease. Thank you for the great memories and RIP!