'The Catch' happened 30 years ago today

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, left, and former wide receiver Dwight Clark are shown before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. The 49ers won 26-0. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
January 10, 2012 1:35:17 AM PST
Today is the 30th anniversary of "The Catch" -- one of the most memorable moments in NFL history. It happened on Jan. 10, 1982. Legend has it, receiver Dwight Clark kicked out our own ABC7 sports anchor Mike Shumann out of the huddle the play before, back when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. Shumann was still willing to see his old teammate and relive the moment.

49er quarterback Joe Montana threw the ball to Dwight Clark in 1982 which propelled the team past the Dallas Cowboys to San Francisco's first Super Bowl. And, of course, the 49ers won the Super Bowl. Three decades later, Clark is still asked about the catch every day.

Shumann: Can you believe it's been 30 years?

Clark: No I can't. Man, I mean, you're getting old.

Shumann: I'm not that much older than you. It was probably one of the most iconic catches of the history of the NFL.

Clark: I don't know if it's the greatest catch, or anything, but I do know that people still talk to me about it. Old dudes will come up and tell their grandkid, 'You know this is the guy that made The Catch,' and all that. So it's pretty cool to be able to have something in your career that people hold on to so tightly and still talk to you about it 30 years later.

Shumann: The 49ers are the first pro franchise in this city, and that championship, I think the A's had won 3, the Raiders 2, but I think that first 49er Super Bowl championship meant more to the city of San Francisco than anyone.

Clark: I don't think there's any question really. The city was down a little bit, Harvey Milk had been assassinated, you know, all that. So there was just a lot of negativity and the 49ers brought this city out of it. Pretty cool to be a part of something important.


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