Before Joe Montana headed to Dallas to take part in Super Bowl festivities, he had something waiting for him in Santa Clara – none other than his Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame blazer.
The 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback visited team headquarters Tuesday night to chat with team President and CEO Jed York and pick up his special item.
Montana already has a gold blazer from his induction with the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2000, but had yet to receive his red 49ers HOF blazer.
“It’s always good to be back,” Montana said with a smile, shaking York’s hand upon entering the facility.
“It’s a pleasure to have you here,” York replied.
The two graciously allowed 49ers.com to document the blazer presentation as well as photograph Montana in his newest wardrobe item.
The legendary quarterback was clearly thrilled.
“I think it’s a tremendous honor because this is what I consider home. So to be in the 49ers Hall of Fame, it’s really special,” he said. “As a player, you don’t think about all these types of things, but as your hair turns grey a little bit, you start thinking about it more.
“I couldn’t have picked a better place to be.”
York then shared this story, a testament to Montana’s lasting legacy:
“I have one autograph in my office and it’s a football you signed for me probably 15 years ago, maybe 20 years ago, it says, ‘Keep up the family tradition.’”
“And you are,” Montana said. “We all appreciate it.”
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