Joe Montana, all-American hero, in his own words

By Andrew Chin, November 11, 2013

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I grew up in western Pennsylvania and I played sports 365 days a years.

We had a coal mine and steel mills along that river. My parents could never afford to send me to college, so they encouraged me to play sports as a way to get out.

When you watch football you will see momentum swings and they’re usually big. If a team comes out in the first half and go up big, chances are they’ll be struggling at the end of the game. 

I hate losing so when I got those 31 opportunities to come back and win the game, it was probably my fault we were behind in the first place. 

The way I saw it was, if I kept playing until this thing turns around in my favor then we have a chance to win the game.

I was given the nickname Joe Cool by the fans. It was kind of a joke because one guy was saying, “He doesn’t need a nickname. He’s got a nickname. He needs a real name.”

While the game is getting bigger and stronger, if you take a look at every position some of the great players aren’t the biggest or strongest. 

Once you start believing size is a drawback, you have already defeated yourself. 

No matter your size or strength, you should never give up on a dream.

There was nothing more memorable than going to that first Super Bowl. It was an amazing feeling to be there for the first time. The crowd was 50-50 and the boos and yays kind of met at the 50-yard line.

I like watching the kid Russell Wilson in Seattle, and they’re having a pretty good season again. They’re going to be tough for the 49ers to beat and it seems like they have their number at this point unless something changes quickly. 

I’ll probably get in trouble for saying it – I think Seattle and Denver will play in this year’s Super Bowl.

Football is a funny game because it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time and getting an opportunity. 

Some of the great players probably never even got a chance because somebody sees something else in other guys that are playing in college, and there’s really no formula to who’s going to make the transition from college to the NFL.  

The new thing going on with the mobile quarterbacks and running is here to stay but I think you will see it become more mixed in.

While the running guys are having success, the guys that are winning most are the traditional guys that are either staying in the pocket throwing the ball, or who are mobile enough to get out of the pocket and out of trouble but are really looking to throw more than run the ball. 

At the end of the game when it’s the time to make those tight throws, the running guys are getting beat more and that’s when you notice the difference. It’s going to stay but it will be mixed in. 

You see that they are keeping more of the running guys in the pocket, because quarterbacks make so much money that owners don’t want to see them out of the pocket because they aren’t protected. 

I was a marketing major at Notre Dame and I had a really weird liking for package designs for cigarettes. 

I don’t smoke but I was enthralled with the design. I would stand in the checkout line and just try to figure it out. That’s a neat design – what are they trying to do? What’s the appeal? What makes someone buy one pack of cigarettes over another type of cigarettes, because in my mind they all taste the same. 

The worst thing ever invented for celebrities are these camera phones. Not only is there a camera but videos on every phone. It makes it tougher to live a normal life.

How much do I miss the game? I hate losing, but I’d even take that if I could get back to playing again.

// Shanghai: An Evening with Joe Montana Friday Night Football takes place on November 15, 7pm-9pm, RMB100 (kids), RMB250 (adults). Kerry Hotel, Pudong, 1388 Huamu Lu, Pudong District 上海市浦东新区花木路1388号浦东嘉里城 (6169 8886, fbreservations.khpu@thekerryhotels.com)

// Guangzhou: Joe Montana will attend the University Bowl final on November 17, 1.30pm-7pm, free entry. Tianhe Sports Center North Track, 299 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District 广州市天河区天河体育中心天河北路299号北田径场

// Beijing: An Evening with Joe Montana Monday Night Football takes place on November 18, 6.30pm-9pm, RMB420 (Q&A + San Francisco 49ers vs New Orleans Saint viewing party). Kerry Hotel, Beijing, 1 Guanghua Rd. Chaoyang District 朝阳区 光华路1号, 嘉里大酒 (156 1190 6392)

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