Coach Shipp: Man, on a Mission

By Kim Dunning 

Coach Shipp is a great man who has a single mission in life: to better our youths’ lives. Who is Coach Reginald Shipp? The answer is more complex than you might imagine.  

Coach Shipp is a father of five. Two of his daughters attend college at Shaw University and Mountain View Stat Junior College. His other two daughters are in high school and he has one son, who is four. He is married to a wonderful woman who is his best friend and support network. She understands that what he does for others takes him away from his family, and has a purpose. This is the man behind the scenes.

What is amazing about Coach Shipp is that he is a humble person who doesn’t like to talk about himself. If you ask him questions about his mentoring he will talk your ear off, as mentoring today’s youth is his main focus. Coach Shipp is a mentor to young men who do not necessarily come from the best situations in life. These young men have been dealt a bad hand in life and Coach is there to help them find a way, even with adversity, to become better men. This is a cause that is near and dear to his heart.

Coach Shipp did not come from the best of backgrounds. He grew up in two rough neighborhoods and he fought every day to survive. His mother was a drug addict and his father did not come into his life until he was older.

When he was six-years old, he met another young man by the name of Ellery Lundy. Mr. Lundy is a big reason why Coach Shipp could make his life better. He attributes his life to him. Ellery introduced Coach Shipp to football.  

Football became his saving grace and now he is paying that forward to the young men he coaches and mentors.  

Mr. Lundy now has a foundation called Broken Men’s Foundation, which helps men build resumes and community service skills, among other opportunities.  

According to Coach Shipp, if it wasn’t for Mr. Lundy, he may have ended up as just another statistic in the streets.

As a result of his background, he is a huge advocate of getting young men off the streets by getting them involved in football. This is Arena football and he is now the owner of the Capital City Reapers. Through the Reapers, he helps his players’ transition from outdoor football to indoor football.

Coach Shipp has an extensive resume. He has not only owned a team but he has played semi-pro football. He considers himself the Charles Woodson of his time. He played many positions: from wide receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback. When asked, he said his bread and butter positions were running back and defensive back. He retired from playing at age 37 and became a community man. While he was invited to different camps, he never got any further than that. He did play in the European League.  

On his coaching resume, he became a full-time coach in 2010. He has coached the York Capitals to a 2015 undefeated season that ended with a Championship win. The Capitals are out of York, Pennsylvania. More recently, besides coaching for the Reapers, he is the Defensive Assistant and Defensive Backs coach for the Virginia Titans semi-pro team, along with his friend Terry Haynes. The Titans, owned by Lavar Matthews, another great friend of Coach Shipps’. Mr. Matthews provides men with the same opportunities as the Reapers but they are an outdoor football team.    

Earlier in his coaching career, he met a young woman by the name of Elle Locust out of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of working with her, he became an advocate for women in sports. Coach Shipp was impressed with Ms. Locusts’ knowledge and the way she handled the players. He has written her letters of recommendation for an internship with the NFL.

Most recently, Coach Shipp put out a call, on Facebook, for female coaches. This is a call Sports Elites’ own Tay Holloway answered.  

Coach Shipp coaches young men from the ages of 19 to 27. His oldest player has indoor football experience, but had an injury and now plays with the Reapers to sharpen his skills to move back up into the next level. None of his players receive compensation. He has also coached a developmental team.  

Out of the 30 players he had on his developmental team, eight of them went on to get paid positions and the team was able to send three of the young men to school.

Coach Shipp mentors men of all ages. He is involved with the We Care Organization, which was founded by Mr. C. J. Richardson. We care teaches life skills and teaches young men how to be humble no matter what their experience. We Care is also involved with helping out the homeless and sending kids to camp. Most recently, they had a block party to teach the children that all police officers aren’t bad and that there are bad seeds that happen to get the media attention.

When not coaching, playing or mentoring; Coach Shipp enjoys watching football, basketball, baseball and boxing. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan from back in the day when Danny White and Too Tall Jones played for them. He is a Lakers fan and a Washington Nationals fan. He loved boxing, but said it has become boring since Mayweather retired.

Coach Shipp is the humblest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I asked him if he had one person that he has mentored or coached that he was proud of. His response was, all of them. His goal is to mentor young men to become better men so they can be better to their wives, girlfriends and eventually their children. He is all about the pay-it-forward motto.

His goal in life is quite simple and something we should all live by. If you can improve someone’s life, then you have lived your life with a purpose.  

Coach Shipp is an incredible man who has fulfilled and saved many young men from the streets. He is a man on a mission and has worked hard to continue to better not only his life, but everyone’s life he has touched.  

 

 

 

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Inside the numbers

For the Knicks last nights game was so much more then a regularimage season win. The passion in the garden was so evident that even Derrick Rose had to acknowledge it. Their was a playoff atmosphere in the air, and the Knicks didn’t disappoint. Let’s take a deeper look inside the numbers.

Their are a few numbers I want to take a look at and the first is 30. The Knicks held the Blazers under 30 points per quarter, expect for the first quarter where Portland put up 33 points. After the first quarter the Knicks clamped down on defense and held the Blazers to 25, 23, and 22 points per quarter the rest of the game. With such a tight game ( their were 20 lead changes) the Knicks needed to defend in order to win. The club also held the Blazers to 27% from three (6/22). The Blazers average 108 per game but were held to 103. So the numbers show the Knicks put up a very impressive defensive effort.

Now let’s take a look at the offense, the Knicks have to move the ball in order to score. With 26 assist ( only 13 turnovers) on 45 made shots they did just that. Jennings doing his best Mark Jackson impersonation had 11 assist off the bench. All this ball movement led the Knicks to a 46% shooting clip. From the three point line they shot a respectable 31%. The offense primary ran thru KP as he put up his second 30 point game of the season. Porzingis used an offensive array of moves to power his way to 31 points. Step back 3s check, Cuts to the basket check, Alley oops check, fade away shots check, post up moves check. KP was firing on all cylinders last night.

However when it came down to the 4th quarter Derrick too charge. It was his pose and composure that allowed the Knicks to hold the lead. Derrick took charge of the game and dictated the offense. Rose sealed the win with a step back jumper with 3:15 left on the clock. Rose had this to say about his performance

”I’m not here to bust or brag but I’m used to being in positions where I have the ball in my hand, playing in Chicago,” Rose said. ”I’ve really played like that my entire life, through grammar school, high school, college and here.” – D.Rose

The Knicks used a group effort to pull this one out with six players scoring 7 or more points. All in all the club looks to have come together after holding a team meeting a few days ago. Since that netting the Knicks have won two in a row and climbed back to 500. The Knicks are currently in the 7th seed and look to continue to climb up the standing.

The Knicks hope to create a winning culture after three consecutive years of missing the playoffs. If this club continues to build on their chemistry they can become a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

Preseason Preview: Niners texans

  1. The Niners open the 2018 Preseason with a 24-21 victory against the cry girls. Nick Mullins lead the Niners back from 11 points down. The biggest story coming out of the game was the injuries. George Kittle and Matt Breida both separated their shoulders and will miss the rest of the Preseason but should be ready to go Week 1. Solomon Thomas  and Garry Gilliam sustained concussions and are both in the concussion protocol. Eli Harold is day to day with knee contusion and Malcolm Smith is week-to-week with a hamstring and is doubtful to play in houston. The main goal of the Preseason games are to get reps against another team and come out healthy. With that said here is what I’m looking for from this Niners this week.

1.) Really stay healthy

As stated above the Niners did not come away from Week 1 of the Preseason unscathed. Luckily none of the injuries they sustained seem to serious and none of them are seen as anything that will keep anyone out of action Week 1 in minnesota. This week we might not be so lucky. I understand that even our starters need to shake off the rust and get ready to play hopefully 19 weeks of football, but we most find that balance between getting ready and making sure everyone’s as healthy as possible for the regular season.

2.) Get the run game going

Last week against the cry girls the Niners starting O line struggled to create running lanes for our running backs. After spending big money on center Weston Richburg and a top 10 pick on tackle Mike McGlinchey that was disappointing to see. The O line must show improvement this week to ease the concern of us Faithful.

3.) Defense Please stop someone

Last week the cry girls offence marched right down the field and scored. After all off-season thinking we have made great strides on that side of the ball it was disheartening to see. It was only one series so I don’t feel it’s time to hit the panic button yet another poor preference by the starters is going to raise some red flags.

4.) Become 2-0

In his post game press conference last week Kyle Shanahan said in the Preseason he will always play to win while still being smart. I LOVE THIS STATEMENT!!!!! I want the Head Coach to have that mentality. To quote Mike Singletary “I WANT WINNERS”!!!!! Every time the Niners step on the field I want us to expect to and want to win it’s never OK to lose.

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Preseason Preview: Niners cry girls

By Niner Faithful

After waiting for what seemed like forever the 2018 Preseason Starts this Thursday, while the regular season doesn’t start until September 9th in Minnesota it still feels great having the Red & Gold back at Levis. Even though it’s preseason anytime the Niners play the cry girls it’s Football at its finest. The preseason is all about trying to figure out how to balance getting the best 53 players on your team while having to make sure you have enough quality players at each position to go cover the injuries that we know will happen. It’s going to be fun to be at EMPIRE ROW eating great food chillin with my Niners Fam and best of all watching my Niners. Here are something’s I want to see for me to feel that it was a successful preseason game.

1.) Stay Healthy

The number one goal in any preseason game is to stay healthy. The worst thing that could happen is to lose anyone to an injury in a game that doesn’t count in the standings.

2.) Play Clean Football

Jimmy G Cool and most of the starters will more than likely only play a few series, a quarter at most. I don’t think that Kyle Shanahan will do much scheming in the preseason, so I’m not looking for the offense to score a bunch of points. What I mean by play clean football is don’t do things that hurt us. No false starts, fumbles, Interceptions things like that.

3.) Do Your Job

A lot of times in the preseason you see players try to impress coaches and do too much and it hurts the team. Football is the type of game you can’t force things, You have to let the game come to you. I have faith that we have a good enough Coaching Staff that they’ll be able to put players in positions to make plays. Every player in all 3 phases must do their job and if they do we have a great chance of winning.

4.) Win

I know winning the game seems like it doesn’t matter in the preseason, but let me ask you this, have you ever heard of a championship team saying “It’s OK to lose”? No, you haven’t because championship teams don’t think like that. Bill Walsh had a saying “Champions act like Champions before they’re Champions”. I want the Niners to have the mentality that whenever they step onto that field it’s to do one thing and one thing only and that’s win.

No matter what happens on Thursday it’s great to have Niners Football back in our lives. Here’s to a great season and GO NINERS!!!!!

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Preseason 2018:4 Players To Watch

By Niner Faithful

After an offseason that seemed to take forever to end Training Camp is among us once again!!!!! Let us rejoice Niner brothers and Niner sisters!!!!! With training camp already started and the first preseason game only a week away, I thought I’d give you the players I’m going to have my eye on this preseason.

 

George Kittle:

I’m not putting Kittle Corn on my players to watch just because he signed my box of Kettle Corn for me. I really do believe that with a clean bill of health and a year experience in the NFL, Kittle is primed to improve on his rookie season when he had 43 catches for 515 yards and 2 TDs. They say a Quarterback’s best friend is a Tight End so look for Jimmy G Cool to target Kittle Corn a lot in the early part of the year. The only question to me, is can he stay healthy? Kittle injured his hamstring last year in Training Camp and he admitted earlier this off-season it nagged him for a while last year.

 

Ahkello Witherspoon:

Ahkello Witherspoon is going to be a star. Just watching him at practice you can tell his gotten a lot bigger and has way more confidence. As Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh said “he’s a grown man”. If Richard Sherman can be anything close to what he was in Seattle, 

Witherspoon will be test a lot this year. Witherspoon IMO made the most improvement over the course of the season. In the beginning of the season he wasn’t even active on game day. By the end of the season he was not only playing at a very high level, but was the best corner on the team. The Niners have a very young secondary that they are asking a lot of. Ahkello is going to play a HUGE part of how well our defense plays this year. If he has any type of regression it could mean a very long season.

 

Adrian Colbert:

Another young important piece in the Niners secondary is Adrian Colbert. Colbert went from being a 7th round pick who was brought in to fight for a roster spot at corner to being our starting Free Safety by the end of the year. Colbert has incredible range and loves to hit people (the hit the last game against the yams still gives me chills).Colbert must prove that he can carry over his play from last year for 16 games this year. A.C. is full of swag and confidence I have full faith that he will prove the reason he’s  becoming a fan favorite.

Cassius Marsh:

Straight Ca$h homie. Cassius Marsh is a man on a mission this year. Kyle Shanahan went out of his way in his post draft presser to let Marsh know he believes in him. The Niners believe that Ca$h still has lots of untapped potential inside him that was not allowed to show it’s self in New England. Cassius Marsh is one of the main reasons why the Niners didn’t draft an edge rusher. A lot is riding on the pass rush to produce more than the 30 sack they had last year. I have said many times no Quarterback can hurt you if he’s on his ass and with our young secondary pass rush is the number 2 key to the Niners having a great season.

 

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Giving the big boy’s some love: Top 10 Niners O-Linemen

By Niner Faithful

The Niners are a franchise that is famous for having great Quarterbacks, (The G.O.A.T. and the greatest and only lefty in the H.O.F. to name two) Wide Receivers, and a few defensive players scattered throughout our history. But what gets often overlooked is the great Offensive Linemen that have played for the Red and Gold. So this week I have decided to give the big boys some love. Here are in no particular order my Top 10 Niner O-Linemen.

Joe Staley

What can be said about #74 that hasn’t already been said a million times before? He is everything you want from you left tackle smart, athletic, strong and loyal. Not to mention durable playing all 16 a game 9 times in his 11 year career and has only missed 4 games in the last 7 seasons!!!!! Left Tackles often go against the other team’s top pass rusher and year after year you look up and #74 is among the league’s top rated Left Tackles in the NFL as proven by his 5 Pro Bowls. If you ask the Faithful who they’re favorite O-Linemen is and it’s always Joe. Whether it’s making us laugh with the Joe Show or his unquestioned loyalty he shows the Niners Joe Staley will always hold a special place in Niners history. And out of any the current players on the team he’s jersey is the only one I would buy.

Randy Cross

Randy Cross was drafted in the second round of the 1976 draft and played for the Niners all 13 seasons he was in the league starting at both Center and Guard. Cross was a 3 time Pro Bowler and a 6 time All Pro to go along with his 3 Super Bowl rings (81, 84, and 88). It was his wife who noticed that every time the clock stopped at 51 seconds the Niners won. If you look at the time left on the clock after Dwight Clark makes The Catch it reads…..51 seconds. Randy Cross is often overlooked in Niners history but he was their before Joe and Bill got there and was a key member of the O-Line in the 80’s.

Bob St. Clair

Bob “The Geek” St. Clair was born in San Francisco and later was drafted by the Niners in the 3rd round of the 1953 draft and spent all 11 years of his career with his Hometown team. St. Clair started in 5 Pro Bowls and 4 straight Pro Bowls from ’58-’61. Famous for eating raw meat St. Clair was names to the NFL’s All Decade team of the 1950’s and is the only Niners O-Linemen to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame when he was induced in 1990. If USF didn’t stop playing football in 1951 he would have only ever played football in The City. In 2001, as a tribute for playing a total of 17 seasons and 189 home games at Kezar Stadium, the city of San Francisco renamed the stadium’s field in honor of St. Clair also in the same year the Niners forever retied his number 79. Probably no other San Franciscan meant more to the Niners then him.

Harris Barton

Harris Barton was a first round pick of the Niners in the 1987 draft. During his 10 year career Barton was selected to one Pro Bowl in 1993 and was also a 2 time All Pro in 92 and 93. Barton was also a member of 3 Super Bowl teams (88, 89, and 94). He was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California in 2006, the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and this year was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall Of Fame. But most famously he was the one that Joe Cool pointed John Candy out to right before The Drive in 89. He was also the last Niner to wear #79 for more than one year.

Jesse Sapolu

Sapolu was drafted by both the Oakland Invaders of the USFL and the Niners in the 1983 draft. Sapolu is one of 6 Niners (also Joe Cool, Ronnie Lott, Keena Turner, Eric Wright, and Mike Wilson) to have 4 Super Bowl rings (84,88,89,94) all with the Niners, but he is the only to have not won his first one in 81. Not only did Sapolu play all 15 years of his career all with the Niners, but he did so while having a tear in his aortic valve, the flaps that open and close with each heartbeat to allow blood to flow from the heart. That is an insane amount of dedication to one’s team. Sapolu was a 2 time Pro Bowler in 93 and 94 and today Sapolu remains active with the team as the Niners Alumni Coordinator and is recognized as one of the better O-lineman in team history.

Guy McIntyre

McIntyre was drafted by the Niners in the 3rd round of the 1884 draft. He was a 3 time Super Bowl champion (84,88,89) and was selected as a first time All Pro and Pro Bowler for 5 consecutive seasons from 89-93. He became the first lineman in NFL history to be used as a blocking back in Bill Walsh’s “Elephant” short-yardage formation. This strategy was rather successful and later adapted by other teams in the league most notably by the Bears the next year. McIntyre spent all but 3 seasons of his career with the Niners.

Keith Fahnhorst

Fahnhorst was drafted by the Niners in the second round of the 1974 draft and played his entire 14-year in Red and Gold and was a part of the first two Super Bowl teams and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1984. He appeared in 193 games and started 160, the second-most in Niners history among offensive linemen to Len Rohde (208 games, 178 starts).

Derrick Deese

Deese came to the Niners as an undrafted rookie in 1992 and for the next 12 seasons the Niners didn’t have to look for a Left Tackle. He was a 2 time All Pro and Super Bowl Champion (94). Although he finished his career in Tampa he still was one of my favorite Niners growing up and someone who I wanted to play like.

Len Rohde

Rohde was drafted in the 5th round of the 1960 NFL Draft and played every one of his fifteen seasons for the Niners. Rohde was selected to one Pro Bowl in 1970 and finished his career with 208 games played and 178 starts most in Niners history among O-Linemen.

Steve Wallace

Wallace was drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 NFL draft and played all but one year for the Niners. Wallace was a 2 time 2nd team All Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 92. Wallace earned the recognition of revolutionizing the left tackle position by having the ability to face such legends like Lawrence Taylor, Richard Dent, and Chris Doleman in one-on-one competition. Wallace won 3 Super Bowls with the Niners (88, 89, and 94) although in Super Bowl 23 he was taken off the field with a broken ankle on the third play of the game. Bill Walsh often referred to Wallace as one of his favorite players ever. And made a career protecting the blind side of the greatest QB ever.

 

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Jimmy G Cool struggles in Mini Camp: Calm down it’s only June

By Niner Faithful

Mandatory Minicamp ended last week and now the Niners have their last break before Training Camp starts late next month. The Niners have had a successful offseason program. But last week’s minicamp the offense struggled. There were pre-snap issues, dropped balls, sacks, and just an overall sloppiness by the offense that hadn’t been seen at all this offseason. The defense followed up its first-day dominance by keeping the first team offense out of the end zone for the duration of the last practice before training camp. Does that mean it’s time to panic? Did we overvalue Jimmy G Cool? The short answer is no. But let’s dig a little deeper into why it’s not the time to panic and what went into the struggles of the offense. Well for starters it must be mentioned that two main pieces to the offence missed practice time last week (Marquise Goodwin with a back and Trent Taylor also with a back problem) Quise was Jimmy G Cool’s go to receiver last year and Trent Taylor and him clearly had some good chemistry so taking them out of practice surely isn’t going to help. When Kyle Shanahan was asked about the offense’s struggles the first day of the 3-day minicamp he answered “We came out just sluggish, we couldn’t get the cadence right and we started the practice that way. I think it was like four of the first plays we just messed up the cadence. Then it’s kind of a trickle-down effect from there. That was disappointing. It’s not fun, but it’s how you look at it. I think that stuff kind of can help, too.” Each day Jimmy G Cool kept the offense after practice to work on the things they had problems with during practice. Naturally, the head coach was asked to share his thoughts on this. “It’s always nice when you don’t demand anything,” Shanahan said. “You hope it’s their standard, not ours. Like I say, that’s really what makes it real, and I think those guys worked as hard as they could yesterday. It wasn’t a lack of effort. What I like is we have guys that it bothers them. You don’t have to sit out there and ‘MF’ them and stuff. It bothers them, just like it bothers us. When things bother people, you usually fix it and that’s what I think our guys stayed out and tried to do yesterday.” Clearly, Kyle Shanahan has liked what he has seen from the first year starter. There are multiple ways to look at what transpired during the minicamp. For Jimmy G Cool the struggles were frustrating but they showed him that we have the right players in the building. Even with a six-week summer break on the horizon, everyone on offense knew that the extra work was needed.

“It shows that guys care if someone was to mess something up and just kind of brush it off, it’s kind of annoying. You want guys who care about the game, who care about this team. I think we have a good group in there.” “It’s all on the quarterback”. That quote right there shows me a lot. It shows me that Jimmy G Cool is taking control of the offense. He is making it his offense. He has organized throwing sessions away from team headquarters with the skilled players to help build chemistry (sound familiar?). I think it’s good to go through these struggles that’s why you practice working through the kinks. Better that we work through them now than when the bullets fly for real Sep 9th in Minnesota. What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this year is full of a lot of first. To start off the Jimmy G Cool is working with a new Center. Arguably the most important relationship on a football team is the relationship between QB and Center. They are the only positions that touch the football on every play. The next first we have to take into account is there are 4 new receivers on the team this year and if you consider that Pierre Garcon, Aaron Burbridge, and Max McCaffrey all were either on IR by the time Jimmy G Cool took over or simply didn’t play in a game last year. You add all that up together with having to learn the whole playbook and I’m not talking just his job no everyone’s else’s job as well and it’s your first time doing it as “The Guy” and it’s a wonder it’s taken him this long to have a bad practice. Let’s also not forget to take in to account the Defense has gotten better this year with the addition of Richard Sherman and getting Malcolm Smith back from IR along with the few other additions we made this offseason. Jimmy G Cool was bound to have a bad practice hell he’s bound to have a bad game. To me it’s what he does after that bad practice or game that will tell if he was a flash in the pan, the next coming of Joe or somewhere in between(my guess is the latter) for now everyone needs to calm down and realize it was a practice in June at least wait till after the 3rd preseason game to hit the panic button please.

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Former Niners Tackle Keith Fahnhorst Has Passed Away

By Niner Faithful

For the second time in less than a month a former Niner has passed away. This time it’s former Niners tackle Keith Fahnhorst. Fahnhorst was drafted by the Niners in the second-round (35th overall) of 1974 NFL Draft. Fahnhorst spent his entire 14 year career with the Niners appearing in 193 games (160 starts), the second-most among Niners offensive linemen and the eighth-most regular season appearances in franchise history. He also started all 10 postseason contests that he appeared in. Fahnhorst was a two-time All-Pro (1983-84) and made the Pro Bowl in 1985, and was also part of our first two Super Bowl Championship teams. He was also a two-time recipient (1981, 1986) of the Niners Bobb McKittrick Award, which is given annually to the Niners offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach, during his 21 years of service to the Niners. The coolest part of the story comes in the summer of 1984 following the USFL’s winter-to-spring season the Niners signed Keith’s little brother Linebacker Jim Fahnhorst The brothers who are 7 years apart (Keith is the older brother) got to play 7 seasons together with the Niners. This is another sad loss for the Niner Empire RIP Keith were putting together a pretty damn good team together in heaven.

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NINER HERO DWIGHT CLARK DIES OF ALS

By Niner Faithful

“I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS.”

That was the tweet from Dwight Clark’s twitter posted by his wife Kelly Clark that broke all our hearts Monday afternoon. Many former and current NFL players have reached out via social media to pay their respect to the Niner Legend.

“Dwight was a vibrant charismatic soul!! Jennifer and I are heartbroken over his passing. While we knew it was inevitably coming it came way to soon! We are grateful for the decades of love and friendship we shared. We are praying for Dwight, his family and for all your prayers also. We will miss you dearly! Love Jennifer and Joe Montana”.-Joe Montana

“Love you, bro, Dwight Clark!! RIP”-Jerry Rice.

“Dwight Clark may have been the most humble star the NFL has ever produced.  Yes, he was fun and funny, but Dwight had an innate goodness to him that will never be forgotten by those who had the good fortune to know him. May God bless Dwight and his family”. – Cris Collinsworth.

“Really saddened by the loss of Dwight Clark. He was so much more than a football player. He was so kind and happy. Such a pure human spirit. Our hearts are with his family”.-Joe Staley.

“Dwight Clark was one of my idols growing up in San Mateo. I was lucky enough to be at the game where my hero Joe Montana perfectly placed the game-winning throw/catch to Dwight in the corner of the end zone to beat the Cowboys in the 1981 season. I was 4 years old and cried to my parents the entire first half because I couldn’t see the field when the grownups would stand and scream for the 49ers. I got a chance to meet him when we happened to share the same orthodontist in San Mateo and I sabotaged one of his visits just to meet him and shake his hand. He was incredibly gracious to me that day as a young boy. And I never forgot the impact he made on me as all of our heroes do. I am sad tonight hearing of his passing of ALS but I know he is now resting and at peace finally after many years valiantly fighting such a terrible disease. Thank you for the great memories and RIP”!-Tom Brady

“Words don’t do justice to express what @DwightC87 means to me. You will be missed…. and will always be loved, remembered, and honored”  #87-Jed York

I am too young to have seen Dwight Clark play but like all Niners fans, I know The Catch I know what he meant to this franchise. Without him who knows what would have happened that cold January day at Candlestick. Hell who knows what would have happened that season. This is a big loss to the Niner Empire one that will be felt for a long time. RIP Dwight Clark. Thank you so much for everything you did in your years as a player and a GM and the loyalty you showed the empire.

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