Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Greg Clark died Friday at the age of 49.
Clark’s family released a statement saying the four-year-old NFL veteran and Stanford alum recently suffered from symptoms of CTE:
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected lapse. by Greg Clark, 49, valued husband, father, son, brother and friend to so many. Greg was a dedicated family man who was successful in everything he did, from his academic and athletic accomplishments as a Stanford-learned athlete to his role as a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers to the creation of a successful real estate platform across the bay. Most importantly, he was a valued and dedicated father to three sons and a loving husband to his wife of 23 years. His recent suffering from CTE symptoms cannot extinguish the breadth of his impact on us and others, and we are always grateful for the time we have had with him. It is our hope that through further research we can gain more knowledge about CTE.
The 49ers released a statement that NBC Sports Bay Area̵
Our organization is deeply saddened to hear of Greg Clark’s passing. … Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Clark played two years of football at Stanford before becoming a third-round pick of the 49ers in the 1997 draft. He spent a full four years. career in San Francisco and pulled in 92 receptions for 909 yards and four touchdowns in 55 games.