Remembering Dwight Clark: One Final 49ers Tribute

“I just don’t think I would change anything.”

49ers icon Dwight Clark passed away Monday at age 61 after battling ALS. On a late April weekend, old teammates and friends gathered at Eddie DeBartolo’s Montana ranch to share memories and laughs, and to toast the iconic Niners wideout and Super Bowl champion. No one would say it was a farewell …

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Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer

Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer

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