NFL Network has been putting together a fantastic run of series under the banner of “A Football Life,” and this Friday 49ers fans get a perfect addition. The network will air Dwight Clark: A Football Life this Friday at 5:00 p.m. PT. It will re-air Friday night at 6 p.m. PT, and then again Monday evening at 5:15 p.m. The Monday airing will be part of a double-header followed by the Eddie DeBartolo episode.
NFL Network’s description of the Dwight Clark episode is about what you would expect.
The story of the former 49ers wide receiver who thought he wouldn’t make the team?but went on to make “The Catch,” arguably the single greatest reception in NFL history. The play propelled San Francisco to a decade of dominance in the 1980s that saw the team win four Super Bowl titles. Stricken with ALS in his later years, Clark died on June 4, 2018.
It will cover The Catch and his battle with ALS. I’m sure we’ll hear about him getting the late call from Bill Walsh while at Clemson to catch some passes. That’s the proverbial origin story that gets plenty of play. A Football Life is a great series, so this should be a good one for fans. And you’ll likely need some tissues handy.
Here’s the preview for the episode.