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NFL | Montana defends missing Super Bowl pregame ceremonies

Kevin Lynch, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports former NFL QB Joe Montana defended his decision to decline an invitation to be a part of a Super Bowl pregame ceremony with past Super Bowl MVPs Monday, Feb. 6. The office of Peter Johnson, Montana's agent at IMG, sent out a statement in response to the media fervor prompted by The Chronicle report that Montana skipped the ceremony for money reasons. "Joe Montana was in Detroit for Super Bowl activities on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to the game, but always had planned to return home before the weekend to be with his family," the statement read. "He fulfilled his promise to attend son Nathaniel's basketball game on Friday night and son Nicholas' game on Sunday, and then be home with his family to watch the Super Bowl." Montana expounded on that statement on ESPN's "Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith." When asked directly by Smith if he had asked the NFL for appearance money, Montana said no.

2006-02-07 05:17:43 | Source:

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