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October 26, 2013
Joe Cool: Montana charms at London fan event

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Joe Montana was the life of the party at a fan forum this morning in London. The former 49ers quarterback was asked about his relationship with Steve Young, and he had a quip at the ready. "Did you ever have anybody try to take your job," he told a group of 200 mostly British fans, some of them wearing red-and-white No. 16 jerseys.

Montana, 57, managed several more laughs, including when he was asked about the 49ers' impending move from Candlestick Park in San Francisco to Levi's Field in Santa Clara. Montana began seriously, saying he wasn't happy that the "people in power" in San Francisco failed to keep the 49ers there.

Still, he said it was hard to feel nostalgic for decrepit Candlestick. "It could not rain for a year, and you'd go in there and it's soaking wet," he said of the field that players nicknamed "The Quagmire." He said fans will learn to love the new stadium adding, "It's not like it's in Oakland."

Another line that drew laughs - but fell flat to some ears - was when a fan asked Montana if he had any lingering injuries from his playing days. "Um, I can't remember," he deadpanned.

Montana later said he's had six or seven knee surgeries, three back injuries, two neck injuries and a torn elbow tendon. He said he eventually would need knee-replacement surgery but was holding off on it as long as possible.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli also attended the event. Montana also spoke at an NFL rally at Trafalgar Square this afternoon.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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