Dwight Clark Dwight Clark And Everson Walls San Francisco Calif 1982

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Dwight Clark and Everson Walls, San Francisco, Calif., 1982

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posted by Cliff alias cliff1066™ on Tuesday 16th of March 2010 07:02:33 PM

What's ironic about this picture, which came to be known as The Catch, is that I never wanted it to happen. I had been covering the Dallas Cowboys the entire NFL season. I was given total access: the locker room, the trainer's room, the off-limits spots where no photographer had been before. I'd seen the things the Cowboys did so they could play in pain. I'd become friends with one player who, the first time I was in the locker room, came up to me and said, "I want you to take a picture of me getting a needle in my shoulder." I looked around, thinking maybe I was being put on, and said, "You're kidding, right? Why would you want me to do that?" He said, "Because I want to give it to my son to make sure he never plays football again." On the day of this game the same player said, "I don't know what to do. My knee is in such pain, my shoulder is in pain, but I can't take two shots. It's too much. I don't know which one to take." With 58 seconds left in the NFC Championship Game, Joe Montana rolled out to my left and launched a pass. Something to my right came into my peripheral vision, and I reached for my camera with the 50mm lens, trying to focus. I just started hitting the motor drive and shot. Dwight Clark caught the ball probably 20 feet away from me. The 49ers scored the touchdown that sent them to the Super Bowl and the Cowboys' season was over. I was heartbroken. I had spent a whole season with the team and had gotten close with the players. I went in the locker room after the game and the mood was as if somebody had lost their family in a car crash. In a single moment my whole story went down the tubes. But the shot of Clark catching the touchdown pass ran on the cover of SI and became the most famous picture I've ever taken. sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL11611...

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