How did Dwight Garner die? Former American football player cause of death Explained


How did Dwight Garner die? Former American football player cause of death Explained

Former American football player Dwight Garner who is best known for his participation in The Play during the Big Game passed away leaving his fans and loved ones in deep sorrow. Let’s see what happened to him and Dwight Garner cause of death.

What happened to Dwight Garner?

Dwight Garner’s passing has been announced on JeremySchaap official Twitter page.


Dwight Garner cause of death

As per the below post, it was revealed that Dwight Garner passed away from prostate cancer complications. the statement reads,

Sad news to share. Dwight Garner, the Cal running back who caught the second lateral and threw the third, when the Bears came back to win the 1982 Big Game, with The Play, has died at the age of 58. He had prostate cancer. The 40th anniversary of The Play is Sunday.


Who was Dwight Eugene Garner?

American football running back Dwight Eugene Garner was born on October 25, 1964, in San Francisco, California. He participated in collegiate football at California and briefly served as a kick returner for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins in the 1986 campaign.

Garner is best recognized for his involvement in The Play, which took place during the Big Game on November 20, 1982, while he was a student at Cal. On a kickoff return, Garner completed the third of five Cal lateral passes to score the game-winning touchdown over Stanford.


Garner made his pass while being tackled by many Stanford players, who contend that Garner’s knee hit the ground before he passed the ball, stopping the play at that point. Garner’s pass and the final lateral pass of The Play have both been closely examined to determine whether they were legal.

Garner has insisted, “I was not down,” ever since. Head linesman Jack Langley was the official who was closest to Garner at the time. Later, he claimed that Garner’s advancement had not been halted.


Tributes to Dwight Garner:

Michael tweeted,

It was a pleasure meeting Dwight back in August for our documentary. A true gentleman.

Joe tweeted,

Sad news. He made me laugh during the E:60 feature on “The Play” when asked if his knee was down at midfield during the wild Stanford-Cal finish.

Lise said,

Terrible sad news about Dwight Garner. But he will forever be a part of the greatest game (CAL alum- I was there) – also sports fans Joe Starkey’s call is just one of the all-time greats. And yes – we beat Elway 

Alflor tweeted,

So sad. It was great to see him in your excellent documentary



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