I was 10 years old when I remember the 49ers winning Superbowl XXIII in that spectacular Superbowl finish featuring “The Drive.” The Legends of Candlestick game brought me back to those glory days, and I got to share it with Caleb, who is 10–the same age I can remember becoming a Niners fan.
Sure it was no Superbowl, but Caleb humored me as I told him stories about each player as we saw them on the field. I felt old, but it was ok, because I felt like I was a kid again watching these guys play.
This game not only featured players from Niners history, but old adversaries as well. Old foes I loved to boo as a kid: Dan Marino, Tim Brown, and Anthony Muñoz were there to let the Niners team run all over them for the benefit of the fans. It was great to watch the ol’ Montana to Rice and even the familiar Montana to Craig plays, and Steve and Jeff look like as mobile as ever.
They players had a lot of fun with it, and we saw Jeff Garcia lined up as free safety, and punters and kickers would line up as receivers. My favorite play was when our 3 star quarterbacks lined up on the same play. Montana dropped back to throw, dumping a screen pass off to Steve, who threw it to Jeff Garcia for what looked like 10-yards! It was like a dream scenario and the fans (and I) went nuts.
It was no doubt choreographed as Montana took the field in the last drive for a come-from-behind touchdown pass to Eddie D. (Did he report as an eligible receiver? We’ll never know.)
It was a great evening, and I was happy to not only see these guys play in Candlestick as one of Candlestick Park’s last events, but to share the whole thing with my boy, who looked like he was loving it just as much as I was. One of those father-son days I’ll remember for a long, long time.
Go Niners! Maybe a Superbowl this year for Superbowl FORTY-NINE? Please?