49ers legend Dwight Clark autographs ball with 'The Catch' diagram
How's this for an autograph gem: San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark drawing up the play that was called on the famous "The Catch" in the 1981 playoffs.
Reddit user JoeB_302 shared the autograph on Monday, revealing the X's and O's behind the play that helped the 49ers pull out a last-minute win over the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982.
On the play, Clark used his fingertips to haul in a catch over the Cowboys' Everson Walls to help the 49ers win the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers later won Super Bowl XVI over the Cincinnati Bengals.
JoeB_302 said Clark signed the autograph at a car dealership appearance, and the two-time Super Bowl champion also came prepared with his case of championship rings.
Clark spent nine seasons with the 49ers, catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns. In 10 playoff games, he caught 55 passes for 787 yards and three touchdowns—most famous of all, of course, being "The Catch."
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