Greg Clark was a former American professional footballer who was a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football league (NFL). According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Greg Clark died unexpectedly at age 49 from undisclosed causes.
Greg Clark Bio
At the time of his death, Greg Clark was 49 years old. He was born in Centerville, Utah, Clark played at Ricks College, then was recruited to Stanford by then-head coach Bill Walsh, under whom Clark honed his blocking skills and earned All-America honors. He also earned scholastic honors at Stanford.
Greg Clark Career
Clark entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice of the Niners back in 1997 after an impressive collegiate career at Stanford. He went on to play four seasons in the league — all with San Francisco — before his career was cut short due to injuries. He gained the reputation of being a tough tight end who excelled as a blocker and also held his own as a receiver. Clark caught 92 passes over his 55 games played for 909 yards and four touchdowns. He added five more receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs as well. Clark, 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds when he played, was known for his blocking skills. He finished his NFL career with 92 receptions, 909 yards receiving, and four TD receptions. He also caught two touchdown passes in a 1998-season playoff win over the Packers.
In 1999, he broke five ribs during an exhibition game but played 11 games that season, including one game shortly after an injection for pain punctured and collapsed one of his lungs. Clark was sidelined for the 2001 season with a hamstring injury and was waived by the 49ers before the 2002 season.
In 1997, the 49ers drafted Clark in the third round, the No. 77 overall pick. He started four games as a rookie, then started 9, 11, and 15 games in the next three seasons. He retired in 2001.
Greg Clark Family
Greg Clark is survived by his wife of 23 years Carie Clark and his three sons.
Greg Clark Death
According to San Francisco Chronicle, the specific cause of Clark’s death was not disclosed, but his family did note that his passing was unexpected. In a statement posted on Twitter the family stated,
“His recent suffering from CTE symptoms cannot extinguish the breadth and depth of his impact on us and others, and we are forever grateful for the time we have had with him. It is our hope that through further research we can gain more knowledge surrounding CTE.”
— vernkpix (@vernKPIX) July 9, 2021
49ers said in a statement, “Our organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Greg ClarkOur thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Greg Clark, a 1997 third-round pick from Stanford, was a great guy to work with in my early years covering the 49ers. I’d run into him from time to time in the East Bay, and he was always friendly, funny and kind. Thinking of his family and all whose lives he touched.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) July 10, 2021
Rest Easy Greg Clark 🙏 pic.twitter.com/HMAum50eEl
— 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙎𝙁𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨 (@Thesfniners_) July 10, 2021
Gleg was eulogised by both family and friends. A twitter user by the name Today Husak shared a post by Taylor Clark who was related to Gleg Clark.
So sad to lose a former teammate and a great man in Greg Clark. Anyone
who needs help, it's out there. Please reach out to loved ones and let them know you care pic.twitter.com/4JfkQfxhMX
— Todd Husak (@ToddHusak) July 9, 2021
In her facebook post Taylor Clark stated, “Our hearts are broken. Superman, as our family knew him, passed away Wednesday afternoon. Our big brother, Greg Clark, was larger than life in physique and personality. He always lived big and thrived on the bold. To know him was to love him. He was loved so much by everyone that knew him. He will be missed profoundly.