January 10, 1982 - The Catch
“I was not the first option. We had scored our first touchdown of that game to Freddie Solomon on the same play from a different formation. The first time, Freddie came in motion with me on the right side. I made my move. My job was to get in the way of the guy covering Freddie and give Freddie the chance to get open. It worked.
“Bill went back to it for The Catch. But Freddie slipped. I was the secondary receiver. Bill had told Joe, ‘Don’t throw an interception with this. Throw it so it will go out of bounds or be high.”
“I ran my route and hit my spot at the back of the end zone. I was supposed to slide back across the end line and look at Joe. I couldn’t really see him, but I saw the ball coming to me. I thought, ‘Man, that’s high.’ People don’t know this but I kind of made a double catch on it. I stopped it in the air and then caught it on the way down.”
An excerpt from “30 years later, Clark reflects on The Catch” by Lowell Cohn