49ers legend Joe Montana joins Twitter
The 56-year-old Joe Montana directed his first tweet towards the San Francisco 49ers, wishing them luck for the Feb.3 Super Bowl matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Good luck @49ers Looking forward to a great Super Bowl #sb47,” Joe Montana posted on Twitter.
Five hours after his first post, Joe Montana had 16,928 followers on Twitter.
In his Twitter bio, he goes by Joseph Montana, and writes:
"Notre Dame 1977 National Champion 4 x Super Bowl Champion 3 x Super Bowl MVP HOF 2000."
A few San Francisco 49ers fans have expressed disappointment over Joe Montana not mentioning the 49ers in the description. After all, Joe Montana spent over a decade with the San Francisco 49ers, after being selected in the third round of the 1979 drafts. It is also where he gained most of his titles including four championship rings.
Joe Montana seems to have been closely following the San Francisco 49ers’ journey to the Super Bowl and he believes they are prepared to compete at the highest stage in football, behind second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"He seems to me the kind of guy who, when it comes game time, is able to concentrate on what has to be done and what he has to do,'' said Joe Montana while speaking by phone from the Bay Area on Tuesday. "Even if he struggles early, and I don't see that happening, he's going to be just fine."
Colin Kaepernick is set to make his Super Bowl debut on Sunday at the age of 25. The lack of experience may not be a clear disadvantage since Joe Montana also played his first Super Bowl at the same age in 1982, and went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 for the Super Bowl XVI title. Joe Montana won his first Super Bowl MVP title that season followed by three more Super Bowl trips to build for two additional MVP titles.
Now, Joe Montana believes the current San Francisco 49ers team boasts the correct mentality and the proper coach to have a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl.
"Sometimes, we take for granted that there's Super Bowl pressure, but, really, once they kick off it's still the same game. It's still football,'' said Joe Montana. "This week leading up to the game might feel different. There are some challenges. But Jim Harbaugh is not going to let his players get caught up in any of that."
Colin Kaepernick is keeping his ears open to Joe Montana’s wisdom and agrees that he won’t let the lakc of experience bludgeon to his confidence level.
"Just because you're in a situation you haven't been in before doesn't mean you have to feel pressure from it,'' said Colin Kaepernick.