49ers to bid farewell to Candlestick Park

12/23/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

December 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after the game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsSan Francisco 49ers former wide receiver Dwight Clark walked to the spot where the legendary touchdown moment known as “The Catch” happened and that probably would be the last time he would do that. As the Candlestick Park sees its farewell there is a sea of mixed emotions surrounding it.
"This will be the last time I'll be able to stand on that spot as far as I know," Clark said.
49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana didn’t make it and as the Candlestick saw its final golden day, stars of other sports and of equal magnitude were present to give it a proper send off. Retired wide receiver Terrell Owens said that it was an honor to be at the ceremony to give the Park a proper send off.
"It's going to be weird," he said. "I'm glad I got an opportunity to be here."
The 49ers are focused to end their time with the stadium in style as they face the Atlanta Falcons and are looking forward to end their legacy in the old stadium with a win to remember them by.
Safety Donte Whitner said that the team indeed felt this was an important event.
"We feel that it's something special," Whitner said.
The veterans who had spent much of their time here are going to miss playing in the old shack even though it was not a stadium fit for an NFL franchise for a long time. Despite that, the team respects it as their own stadium and were happy to have it.
49ers longtime wide receiver Jerry Rice said that it was definitely a memory worth remembering about the glory days he had in the stadium with the fans and the games.
"It's very difficult for me to come to games. Hearing those cheers again, I want to get back on that field," he said. "This is where everything started. It's sort of sad to see it coming to an end because I know next year they'll be in Santa Clara."
The Candlestick has more than its share of issues with the dangerous construction and the impending feeling that it might collapse any second. Still, the players said that they wanted to remember it as the stadium they loved and played in.
"It was our dump, so we could talk bad about it," retired wide receiver Dwight Clark said, "but we didn't want anybody else to talk bad about it."
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