49er Legend Clark Says He Has ALS, Suspects Football A Cause
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legendary San Francisco 49er far-reaching receiver Dwight Clark says he has Lou Gehrig’s illness and suspects personification football competence have caused a illness.
Clark announced Sunday on Twitter that he has amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, a illness that attacks cells that control muscles.
I wanted to share some hapless news: we have ALS. https://t.co/RqU0fFT98g
— Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) March 20, 2017
The former San Francisco 49er great linked to a post on his personal blog detailing his ALS diagnosis, though a site crashed Sunday night, apparently from an crawl of traffic.
He went on to contend that after months of treatment, he was finally diagnosed.
“There is no exam that will definitely diagnose we with ALS. You have to discharge a probability of all other diseases and disorders and afterwards wait to see what additional symptoms we develop,” Clark said.
In a statement, Clark pronounced he visited 6 neurologists and 3 ALS specialists in further to receiving diagnosis for B12 deficiency, a condition that can counterpart a symptoms of ALS.
Clark says he’s been asked if his football career caused his ALS. He says, “I don’t know for sure. But we positively think it did.” He encourages a NFL and a players’ organisation to work together in creation football safer.
The 60-year-old Clark says he’s mislaid poignant strength in his left palm and also has debility in his right hand, midsection, reduce behind and right leg. He says he “can’t run, play golf or travel any distances” and that “picking adult anything over 30 pounds is a chore.” He adds “that a illness seems to be surpassing some-more solemnly than in some patients.”
Several of Clark’s former colleagues and teammates expelled statements to demonstrate their unhappiness during Clark’s diagnosis.
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly posted on Instagram that he was “praying for [his] buddy.”
Current 49ers CEO Jed York expelled a matter that pronounced he was “deeply saddened” on training of Clark’s diagnosis and that he would accept full, umbrella support from a group and staff.
“Many know Dwight as an iconic figure in 49ers lore, whose accomplishments on a margin brought fun to fans around a world. Our classification is advantageous to know him some-more closely as a smashing male who has given so most of himself as an envoy to a whole Bay Area. We will mount alongside Dwight and his family as they salary this battle,” York said.
Clark is best remembered for “The Catch,” where Joe Montana threw a game-winning touchdown to Clark with 51 seconds remaining in a diversion opposite a Cowboys that sent a 49ers to their initial Super Bowl in 1981.