Tag:Joe Montana
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:16 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 8:22 am

Manning simply too expensive for Colts to keep

In the end, Irsay would have had to pay Manning $35.5 million without knowing for sure Manning is healthy. (Getty Images)
By Pat Kirwan

In the end it wasn't salary cap space but real cash that ends the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis.

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The $28 million bonus due the last second of the last day of the 2011 league year and the $7.5 million salary in 2012 is a $35.5 million hit without proof positive that Manning can play again. The 2011 portion of the new contract that had a $20 million signing bonus as well as a $3 million roster bonus and $3.4 million salary without a physical was his "legacy" money for a HOF career.

It didn't hurt that the Colts wind up in the spot to draft Andrew Luck and make the transition from Manning a little easier to tolerate.

The Dolphins are still looking for the Dan Marino replacement. The way the Colts structured the contract really indicates that the line in the sand was drawn for March 2012 as to how much more risk the Colts would take. Without playing a down in 2011 and not really ever being able to practice, it is over. I believe Manning will play again and now he hits free agency.

No modern day quarterback in the Hall of Fame that left his original team and joined another club ever took that new team to a Super Bowl. Joe Montana got close with the Chiefs but lost in the conference championship game. Could Peyton be the first to do it? I wouldn't bet against him.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:32 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 8:42 pm

Brady breaks Montana's SB completion record

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By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pats were sloppy in the first half, but Tom Brady came on strong late, leading them to a 96-yard touchdown drive. He picked up right where he left off in the second half, completing his first five passes of the Patriots first drive.

But he didn't just lead the Pats to another touchdown (and a 17-9 lead), he also broke Joe Montana's Super Bowl-record of 13-straight completions. With 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, Brady hit Wes Welker for a short pass to the left that went for five yards, giving him 14 consecutive completions and breaking the Montana record.

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Brady clearly wasn't satisfied, though, and he hit his next two passes, including a 12-yard touchdown to Aaron Hernandez. Brady was so spectacular, in fact, that he even managed to get Chad Ochocinco involved.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 9:45 pm

Joe Montana injured in ATV fall

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you need another reason why it’s not a great idea to ride an ATV, legendary 49ers QB Joe Montana has the latest example.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Montana fell off an ATV last weekend and suffered an injured leg and a black eye (no word on whether he actually broke his leg).

Montana was supposed to make an appearance in front of the Santa Clara city council to discuss building a luxury hotel across the street from the 49ers practice facility and only a couple hundred feet from where a new 49ers stadium would be built. But, because of his accident, that meeting had to be canceled -- it’s since been rescheduled for July 12.

Until then, hopefully the 55-year-old Montana will refrain from riding his ATV. Or, at the very least, from falling off it.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 1:46 pm

Nate Montana, Joe Montana's son, arrested for DUI

Posted by Will Brinson

Nate Montana, the son of NFL legend Joe Montana, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Friday, according to reports.

According to KGVO-AM, a Missoula, Montana radio station, Montana, 21, was arrested just before 4 AM on Friday.

Montana, a former walk-on at Notre Dame who now plays for, yes -- the University of Montana -- was then released from jail on a $685 bond. The son of the legend attended Notre Dame in 2008 and made the football team as a walk-on, but then transferred to Pasadena City College in 2009.

He returned to the Fighting Irish last year but remained buried on the depth chart behind Tommy Rees and Dwayne Crist, and ended up only attempting 18 passes, nine of which he completed, for 116 yards and a pick.

Montana then transferred to Montana, an FCS school, to play in 2011 and was/is expected to compete for the starting quarterback gig.

U of M executive VP Jim Foley would not comment on the situation until he spoke with coach Robin Pflugrad. Montana had previously been arrested at an underage drinking party in South Bend along with 10 other people in July. Montana is due in court at 2:30 PM on Friday.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 9:07 am

Roethlisberger could play another eight seasons

Roethlisberger Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Will already told you about the pain Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger feels every time he steps foot into his bathroom (and it’s got NOTHING to do with kidney stones).

But I also found it interesting when Roethlisberger talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about when he might retire. Since he’s been in the league since 2004 and since he’ll enter his eighth season of competition, he figures he’s about halfway home. Go for another eight years, Roethlisberger said, and he might be ready to step off the field.

“Sixteen years is a long, good career,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “Eight years is long considering the normal life expectancy in this game. If I'm lucky enough and my body's still intact and that's what I'm supposed to do, I'll play as long as I can. I'd like to call it halfway."

Playing another eight or nine years would be a lofty goal for Roethlisberger. He’s already made clear that he wants to win more Super Bowl titles than any other NFL QB in history (he’s got two, and Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and San Francisco’s Joe Montana each have four), and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could win three Super Bowls in the next eight or nine years (highly unlikely but not impossible).

But Roethlisberger also takes such a pounding each season – most of which is by design – you have to wonder if physically he’ll get to play for that long.

Maybe getting married will help his long-term health (doesn't science say that it does?) – even if it makes him a little bit crazier as a byproduct.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 2:39 pm

Big Ben's bathroom reminder: Super Bowl nameplate

Posted by Will Brinson

The Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers did not go over well with Ben Roethlisberger, as you might expect. In fact, I remember standing with Gregg Doyel, who would later write this piece about how much it hurt Ben, watching a suddenly beardless Ben get dressed while being carefully guarded from speaking with the media. (Yes, that sentence sounds ended up worse than I thought it would.)

As further proof of how much the loss hurt him, though, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers up this proof: Ben's got his Super Bowl nameplate positioned in a prominent spot in his bathroom.

"The day I got back, I took my nameplate from my locker -- 'Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XLV' -- and it's sitting underneath my mirror in my bathroom," Roethlisberger said. "I want to see that every day. It hurts a lot."

Losing a Super Bowl was a new experience for Roethlisberger, who'd won his first two starts in the big one, and it's clearly not something he's going to quickly forget.

"The first loser, and that kills me," Ben said. "Until I can get back to that point, I want to remember the pain, and it's going to burn in me until we can get back and win one. If it never happens, I'll be killed, but I'm going to do my best to get back there."

Roethlisberger also added that he "wants to get one more than anybody else" -- winning last year's Super Bowl against the Packers would have put him in a pretty good position to eclipse the current high of four (Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana are the only quarterbacks with that many each).

Now Ben needs three titles to top Bradshaw and Montana, which is still an absolute possibility, but not something anyone would expect at this point.

Then again, Roethlisberger's also now firmly aware of the devastating pain that comes with actually losing one, and that could end up providing more motivation than any bathroom mirror ever could.

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 3:02 pm

Marisa Miller talks Super Bowl, Niners, NFL

By Josh Katzowitz

Marisa Miller is your dream girl. She’s beautiful – a supermodel who’s been a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl and a Victoria’s Secret angel – and she’s funny and sweet, and when she laughs and touches your arm, it makes you want to put on the pads and go out looking to smash James Harrison.

Plus, she’s a huge football fan. She’s been making the rounds at the Super Bowl this week for Captain Morgan’s First Mate Fund, and for every pose collected this week, Captain Morgan will donate $1 to help retired NFL players. We caught up with her late Friday afternoon, as publicists and her boyfriend buzzed around, and we talked about her favorite team, what sports meant to her growing up and how tough she thinks the Steelers are.

CBSSports.com: Tell me about doing Radio Row.

Marisa Miller: It’s pretty crazy.

CBS: I’m in the Media Center and trying to go out through Radio Row, and I’m tripping over The Situation, and it’s a crazy thing out there. I guess you’re constantly being moved here and there.

MM: I am.

CBS: What’s the experience like?

MM: Honestly, it’s actually kind of nice having everybody in the same room. It does give you the freedom to go to the next person, and there’s the energy of the room. It’s fun doing radio. I really like it.

CBS: More so then video or TV?

MM: It’s a different vibe doing radio. Obviously, it’s just your voice. It’s all about the conversation. It’s fun to talk football. I grew up watching football, since I was about 9 or 10 years old in NorCal. I was a big 49ers fans. That’s something my dad and I did growing up. That was like our bonding time. And this is my sixth Super Bowl.

CBS: None with the 49ers, though.

MM: [makes a sad face] No.

CBS: How did your dad get you into the game?

MM: I’m really close with my dad, and I was always really athletic, so naturally, I gravitated toward sports. I always wanted to hang out with my dad. I played volleyball and basketball in high school. I was just very active. I think football is such a great spectator sport. It’s so intense. It’s such a big part of my family’s social life on the weekend. On Sunday, everybody comes over, I cook a big meal, we scream at the TV. It’s really important to have that healthy competition in your life. I was a pretty shy, sensitive girl growing up. When I started playing sports, it gave me that support system in junior high and high school. That’s a really hard time in anybody’s life. It was nice to have that support.

CBS: The 49ers must have been good when you were growing up. Was that the era of Montana and Rice?

MM: Yep, one of my most vivid memories was watching Super Bowl XXIII with Cincinnati and the 49ers. It was the first time I was watching a game in a public space and not just with my family.

We went to our favorite family restaurant, and they have an upstairs restaurant/bar area with the big screen. It was my first time being in a room with other fans, not just my family. It was a really fun environment. I just remember it was 34 seconds left, Montana to Taylor wins the game and adults were on tables and jumping up and down. I thought it was the funniest thing, because I thought, ‘Wow, these adults can act like kids.’ It was like your license to go crazy and cheer for your team.

It was funny because after that Super Bowl, I was walking through the mall with my friend in San Jose and I passed by Jerry Rice, my childhood hero. I turn around and I had to stop him. I knew exactly who he was. I think he tripped out a little bit, because I was like 11 and he’s like, “How does she know who I am?” He was so gracious. I tore off a piece of my shopping bag, and he signed it. You always hope your childhood hero is as cool as you think they are. He really was.

CBS: What do you think about Jim Harbaugh?

MM: We need something (laugh). We need change. We have a lot of talent on the team. It’s always about working the dynamics, having the right leadership and having it come together. This is going to be a fresh start. I think it’s going to come together.

CBS: They still need a quarterback, though.

MM: (Laughs)

CBS: I don’t think anybody on the team is that guy.

MM: Yeah, we’ll see if anybody on the team steps up. But definitely. Now that we have the coach, it’d be nice to see someone … hey, they passed on Aaron Rodgers. Man, my dad and I talk about that all the time. I don’t think we’re ever going to let that one go.

CBS: Give me your prediction for the Super Bowl. I know you’re buddies with Aaron Rodgers, so don’t let that be a bias.

MM: The great thing about this Super Bowl is that we have two teams that have so much history in the NFL. Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowls than anybody, and they obviously have the experience on their side. They’re tough as s---. But having said that, there’s something about Green Bay that I really like, and they’ve had to win some tough games to get here. And they got some momentum. I don’t know. I really think they’re going to do well.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:39 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 11:44 pm

Brady reaches century mark

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Can we know what would have happened if Drew Bledsoe wouldn’t have been knocked out of a game by the Jets' Mo Lewis, allowing Tom Brady to replace him on Sept. 23, 2001? Would Brady even be in this position?

Remember, Bledsoe was in the first year of his $103 million contract, and he was one of the league’s best quarterbacks at the time of his injury. In the fourth quarter of that game vs. the Jets, Bledsoe was hit hard by Lewis and he sustained a chest injury. Brady, a sixth-round pick who struggled for playing time in college, came in to replace him, and that was end of Bledsoe in New England (minus an important stint in the AFC championship game that year).

After tonight’s 41-14 win against Miami, Brady showed how almost impossibly effective he’s been leading the Patriots ever since. It’s his 100th win in New England, and he becomes only the 22nd QB to accomplish such a feat. And considering it’s his 131st start, that’s the fastest of anybody who began their career in the Super Bowl era.

For what it’s worth, Joe Montana got his 100th win in his 139th game, Brett Favre in his 153rd and Peyton Manning in his 154th.

“I got a great team and a great organization," Brady said on ESPN after the game. "I’m truly priviledged to play for this team. I hope there are a lot of wins left."

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