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Joe Montana to Do Coin Toss at Super Bowl 50: Latest Details, Reaction

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana (16) carries a Super Bowl trophy as he and other former players are introduced for a halftime ceremony during an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2016

With the Super Bowl returning to the Bay Area for the first time in 31 years this Sunday, it's fitting that San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana will be on the field to do the opening coin toss in Santa Clara, California. 

According to ESPN.com news services, Montana has been tapped for the role and will be joined by other NFL legends who played in the area at the ceremony, with Marcus Allen, Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett, Jerry Rice and Steve Young also taking to the field at Levi's Stadium prior to Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.  

Like the national anthem and halftime show, the opening coin toss has become one of the marquee side events of Super Bowl Sunday. There are prop bets to be made on which team will win the coin toss and whether the coin will come up heads or tails. 

Montana is an appropriate choice to handle the honor for this year's event. He's arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, is one of only three signal-callers to win four Super Bowls and is tied with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for most Super Bowl MVP awards won (three). 

Despite the fact that it can be a fun distraction, the coin toss has no statistical bearing on the outcome of the game.

According to results of the previous 49 Super Bowls (per ProFootballHOF.org), four of the last six champions have won the opening coin toss. However, taking all of the results into consideration, the coin toss has been right in predicting the winner just under 50 percent of the time (24 out of 49). 

This postseason, specifically in the divisional round between Green Bay and Arizona, has brought the importance of actually being able to flip a coin into the national consciousness.

That means Montana will be under a lot of pressure to get things right prior to Sunday's kickoff, but Joe Cool created a good legacy by not buckling when things got tense.

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