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Joe Montana doesn’t seem bothered by Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to land a new NFL contract. In fact, it makes perfect sense to him.

While some claim Kaepernick’s acts of protest have led to his unemployment, the Hall of Famer believes his fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s playing style doesn’t jell with the NFL’s current state.

“That style of quarterback, everybody thought was going to take over the NFL,” Montana told For The Win’s Charles Curtis on Tuesday, referring to Kaepernick’s tendency to play outside the pocket. “You look at guys who had success in college, that only had success one year. Usually those guys, the next year, it’s very difficult on them.”

Kaepernick looked like he was on his way to becoming a star when he broke through as a starter in 2012 and 2013, using his legs as his primary weapon, but struggled in the following three seasons.

“The league has figured out how to defend it,” said Montana. “If I’m playing defense, I want the quarterback to run so I can hit him. In the pocket, you can’t really hit him. So you look at Tim Tebow – he’s a great guy, does a lot of great things. But when you complete 40-something percent of your passes, even in the low 50s, you’re not going to make it.”

Kaepernick’s completion percentage has never dipped below 58.4 percent over a season in his six seasons, though his career high is only 62.4 percent.

Montana admits he has some admiration for Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but he understands how those demonstrations could affect the quarterback’s job prospects as well.

“I’m sure there are some distraction issues,” Montana said. “When we were playing with Bill Walsh, if you were a distraction, he didn’t care how good you were, if you didn’t mix in with the team, you weren’t there very long.”

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CANTON, Ohio — Edward DeBartolo Jr., who as owner of the 49ers helped build one of the NFL’s dynasties, is a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.

DeBartolo was nominated Wednesday by the nine-member contributors committee. Elections will be held on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. DeBartolo, 68, must receive 80 percent of the ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Under DeBartolo’s ownership, San Francisco won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and `90s. They won at least 10 games in 17 seasons and appeared in 10 conference title games.

”People talk about San Francisco and how things are,” DeBartolo said in a phone interview from his ranch in Montana. ”The song really is, you leave your heart in San Francisco. And I certainly did. I left some blood, sweat and tears, too. I had great moments and I had great friends, and it was great being with the people that I was with. It was just a wonderful experience.”

DeBartolo bought the team in 1977. In his best move, DeBartolo hired coach Bill Walsh, then went about building a team for him. Walsh and other Hall of Famers on those teams include Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Charles Haley. DeBartolo presented Montana, Rice, Walsh, Fred Dean and Haley for induction into the Canton shrine.

A popular owner with the players, DeBartolo was known for spending freely to make sure San Francisco was a popular landing spot for free agents, and a comfortable place for all 49ers to stay.

”My life kind of flashed before me going back to the early days with Bill and with all our great players and all the great players that we played against,” DeBartolo said. ”The culmination of my entire football life.

”They all kind of jumbled together, starting off in 1977 and bringing Bill in in 1979. The draft that we had that started everything, and all the great players that went through our doors and played at Candlestick and on the field. Everything just goes through your mind.

”I never expected this. It’s very, very humbling.”

DeBartolo owned the team until 1998, when legal problems forced him to turn over the 49ers to his sister, Denise.