Rarely is a guy afforded the opportunity to meet and talk with an athlete that spent almost a decade as a poster on his wall. I was so lucky earlier this week. Joe Montana was at a benefit for the Kraft Huddle to Fight Hunger (more on that here) and the legend was so kind as to grant me a few minutes of his time.
Joe Montana was, and still is, cool as a cucumber. He walks and talks with that same gentle breeze that glided through his arm as he led the 49ers to four Super Bowls and one of the most dominant decades in NFL history. He looks you in the eye. He smiles with genuine heart. And somewhere in his answers and quick laughs, you somehow know, feel perhaps, you're talking to one of the greatest football players to ever step on the field.