That’s Dwight Clark talking about his battle with ALS.
“I’ll say to my wife, ‘I just can’t (freaking) believe I got this disease.
Give me something I can fight.
But you just can’t do it.
People get sick.
You get a chance to fight.
I’m still fighting it, but I don’t have the gloves on.”
If by chance you don’t remember Dwight Clark let me refresh your memory.
It was 36 years ago today that Dwight Clark made “The Catch” against the Dallas Cowboys.
It is arguably the most famous play in 49er history.
And it sent the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the first time.
But now Dwight Clark is fighting for his life against one of the most sickening diseases known to man.
His body is deteriorating right in front of his eyes and there’s nothing he can do about.
He’s already lost about 80 pounds and now has to use a wheelchair.
Yesterday he had lunch with a number of local sports reporters who covered him during his career.
He talked openly about his disease.
He’s quoted as saying:
“I can’t imagine being totally paralyzed.
I keep trying to reenact it – just lay there, and think, ‘I can’t get up.’
But I can’t do it for very long. It freaks me out.”
“Somebody may stumble onto something.
I don’t think it will be in time for me to use it.”
I hope Dwight Clark is wrong.
I hope they find something in time.
I’ve only met Dwight Clark once.
It was at a Giants game.
All I remember thinking is that he couldn’t have been nicer.
He was humble.
He was down to earth.
It was such a pleasure talking to him.
I also really liked his wife.
She knew all about my daughter and had lots of questions about adoption.
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