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The San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback position is one of the most revered positions in sports thanks to Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young.

But, asked Tuesday about the 49ers’ latest star under center, Jimmy Garoppolo, Montana wasn’t quite ready to name him San Francisco’s next superstar on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

“I think it’s still a little early for it, myself,” Montana said. “He’s obviously has a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it.”

Garoppolo excelled for the 49ers in 2017 after a midseason trade from the New England Patriots, leading them to a 5-0 record to close the campaign and recording a 96.2 passer rating.

Despite the limited sample size, the 49ers were confident enough in Garoppolo to make him the NFL’s highest-paid player at the time – a crown he held for just a few weeks until Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

“This year will be a big tell on it,” Montana added. “They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”



Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott continues to draw high praise after putting the league on notice during his standout rookie season.

Prescott, who earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after being thrust into the starter’s role, drew comparisons to one of the all-time greats by none other than Hall of Fame linebacker Charles Haley.

“You know what? Dak reminds me of Joe (Montana),” Haley said to Newy Scruggs of NBC 5. “He’s funny. He’s charismatic. They had something to prove. They had a chip on their shoulder. That meant the more I’m around him, he has so much confidence …

“He came from nothing, like me. So guess what? What can you do? How can you hurt someone that came from nothing, that had to pull himself up from the bootstraps and walk out on the stage wearing that star on his head and go? What can you say? What can you do?”

Haley – who won five Super Bowls during his career with the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers – played with Montana from 1986-91 and is as good as an authority there is on the legendary quarterback.

There’s still a long way to go in Prescott’s career, but perhaps he’ll join Haley and Montana in Canton if he continues to develop like he did during his rookie campaign.


Just like old times, Joe Montana and Steve Young have contradictory opinions.

While Montana believes fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s lack of employment is justified, his former teammate is startled to see the pass-thrower without a team.

“I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel-down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young told KNBR of Kaepernick, according to Daniel Mano of The Mercury News. “But he’s got to fit too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it.

“If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet – that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

Young understands teams’ potential skepticism of Kaepernick’s focus and says he would want to “look him in the eye” when discussing the quarterback’s commitment to football.

Kaepernick was briefly linked to the Seattle Seahawks this spring, but a contract was not reached. He has reportedly had no other interest from potential suitors.


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.”


The neighborhood being built on the former grounds of Candlestick Park will honor some of the best San Francisco 49ers to ever play at the site.

At a ceremony at city hall on Sunday, former Niners greats were awarded with street names in the new community that will feature more than 7,000 homes.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was presented with a sign that read “Joe Montana Drive,” but he asked for the honor to be revised to include his former wide receiver Dwight Clark, who is currently battling ALS. Montana asked for the street name to be called “Montana-Clark Drive.”

“When his name goes up on here, they could lower the speed limit. Because we know Dwight wasn’t very fast,” Montana quipped to Clark and the assembled crowd, Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Other streets in the community to be named after 49ers include “Jerry Rice Road,” “Edward J. DeBartolo Way” (for the team’s former owner), and “Carmen Policy Avenue” (for the former team executive).

The 49ers played at Candlestick Park from 1971 to 2013.


If anyone knows how to be a successful San Francisco 49ers quarterback, it’s Joe Montana.

The Niners’ current controversy under center doesn’t share much of the same talent-versus-talent conundrum Montana had with fellow Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

San Francisco looks to be leaning towards Blaine Gabbert being named their starter with rumors of Colin Kaepernick requesting a trade and reports of an unhealthy relationship with the front office.

“(The quarterback) is usually the leader of the team in most cases. And people look to (Kaepernick) at this point, and he’s a quiet person. You know, he doesn’t share a lot, he doesn’t talk to a lot of the guys,” Montana told Sports Illustrated. “And that’s difficult for an offense to operate because the communication between the quarterback and the receiver is one of the most important things.

“Even with your offensive line, when there’s problems, you have to be able to talk to those guys and figure it out while you’re out on the field. And when you have a guy who doesn’t really want to be there, you don’t know whether to put yourself behind him or not. And you want to believe in him, but if he doesn’t want to be there then – I’m sure they did everything they could to try and get him to some place he’d be happy because it would be best for both teams.”

Montana’s former teammate Jerry Rice told Sports Illustrated in April that he also believes it’s difficult for teammates to play with Kaepernick because “he doesn’t want to be there.”

Kaepernick is recovering from three offseason shoulder surgeries and has yet to fully resume throwing, giving Gabbert plenty of time to warm up to teammates and get comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense.


Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana extensively discussed his numerous ailments following his illustrious career Friday, in an interview with Josh Peter of USA TODAY Sports.

The four-time Super Bowl champion – in San Francisco to perform the coin toss at Super Bowl 50 – outlined how he’s suffering from arthritis, nerve damage in his eyes, and underwent three neck fusions, among several other maladies.

“They kept saying I’ll need a knee replacement when I can’t walk,” Montana said. “I can’t really run or do much with it.”

Montana said he can’t participate when his family goes surfing or skiing.

“My whole family likes to live on the edge, so some of the things I regret that I can’t do with them,” Montana said. “Like snowboarding. I fell like 50 times within 30 yards off the top of the ski lift. … I love basketball. I can’t play basketball. I can shoot, but that’s about it. I can’t run up and down the court. My knee just gives out.

“I tried a little bit of skiing, but unfortunately when you get weight on one ski under my left knee, it’s just not very strong. After my first back surgery, what kind of compounds things, is my sciatic nerve has been damaged. So the muscles along my sciatic nerve into my left foot have been numb since ’86.”

Montana said a doctor told him that the nerve damage stemmed from head trauma, a likely effect of taking numerous shots during his 16-year career.

With one of the greatest players of all-time candidly detailing his brutal life after football, the NFL is presented with reason for grave concern.