Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Dwight Clark returns to 49ers' front office

By Daniel Brown

Posted: 12/01/2009 07:34:33 PM PSTUpdated: 12/01/2009 10:30:01 PM PST

Dwight Clark is back where he began.

The 49ers announced Tuesday that the man who came down with "The Catch" will serve as the team's business-operations consultant.

Clark will focus on special projects relating to corporate hospitality, community investment, premium seating and the new stadium sales effort, according to the 49ers.

"I am extremely excited and grateful to the 49ers organization for giving me the opportunity to once again be a part of the 49ers family," Clark said in a prepared statement released by the team. "The franchise is most definitely pointed in the right direction. I look forward to every contribution I can make on the business side."

Clark played for the 49ers from 1979-87, twice making the Pro Bowl. His 6,750 receiving yards rank third in team history.

Of course, his most famous grab was a 6-yard scoring pass from Joe Montana to beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in the NFC title game after the 1981 season.

Clark was the 49ers' general manager in 1998 and served in the same role for the Cleveland Browns from 1998-2002.

Andy Dolich, the team's operating officer said in a prepared statement: "The impact he has already made in regards to the history of the 49ers has been remarkable and we are confident he will bring the same effect to our business operations as well."

Fullback Brit Miller was activated to the 49ers' active roster as the team placed safety Curtis Taylor on the season-ending injured-reserve list.

Miller spent training camp with the 49ers and had a nice preseason before being among the final cuts. The 49ers had claimed him off waivers from the Carolina Panthers in July.

Taylor, a seventh-round pick in April, sustained a hip strain against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and was carted off the field.

To fill Miller's spot on the practice squad, the 49ers signed Rodney White, a 5-foot-9, 181-pound receiver who played for the San Jose SaberCats from 2005-08. He was on the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad until being released Sept. 16.

# Patrick Willis is the top vote-getter among NFC linebackers, according to a Pro Bowl update released by the NFL today.

Willis has 182,196 votes. Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads all NFC players with 848,624 votes.

Voting continues at NFL.com/probowl and on web-enabled mobile photes through Dec. 21.

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