Clark passed away in June at the age of 61. He was a former Garinger High star who became an NFL All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion. He played for the 49ers from 1979-87 and he was a front-office executive from 1989-98.
▪ Clark, who was raised in Kinston, moved with his family to Charlotte. He graduated from Garinger High in 1975 and played college football at Clemson. He wound up in the NFL after a pro scout, sent to Clemson to evaluate Tigers quarterback Steve Fuller, took notice of Clark, a quick 6-foot-4 receiver who was catching passes that day. Before Jerry Rice, Clark became the most famous receiver in the Bay Area, catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns.