The San Francisco 49ers announced plans Wednesday morning for extensive celebrations of the life and career of legendary wide receiver Dwight Clark. The list of tributes include all players wearing “87” helmet decals throughout the season and field bunting to pay tribute to Clark.
The best part of this? During the October 21 Sunday Night Football contest against the Los Angeles Rams, the team will unveil a pair of statues depicting “The Catch” outside of Levi’s Stadium. There will be statues of Clark and Joe Montana placed exactly 23 yards apart, which is the distance between the two players during the play. Clark will have his hands outstretched, and he’ll be extended 11 feet in the air.
The team held a private event Tuesday evening where a documentary, “Letters to 87” was shown. During the event, they provided a rendering of what the statues will look like.
After the 49ers won their first Super Bowl, Clark sported a fur coat during the victory parade. The fur coat will be on display in the team’s Hall of Fame at Levi’s Stadium. Jerry Rice modeled it last night.
The team will continue to sell Dwight Clark Day t-shirts, and all 49ers proceeds from those sales and sales of all Dwight Clark merchandise currently in stock at the team store and at Shop49ers.com/DC87 will be donated to the team’s Golden Heart Fund.