SANTA CLARA -- Joe Montana sightings at the 49ers' practice facility have been rare since the Hall of Fame quarterback was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 offseason.
The four-time Super Bowl-winner made a brief appearance Monday morning.
Montana spent some time at the 49ers' complex to take part in the taping of a community relations message. He watched at the side of the practice field for several minutes as the 49ers' defense had a walk-through practice. He did not interact with any of the 49ers' offensive players, who were in meetings at the time.
Montana's last known visit to the 49ers' practice facility with the entire team present was June 2002 when he took part in a video for NFL Films on quarterback mechanics with Bill Walsh and several former teammates.
Coach Mike Singletary saw Montana standing at the side of the practice field Monday and went over to say hello. Singletary said he does not know Montana well -- only from being selected to the same NFC Pro Bowl team six times during their careers.
"I'd love for any of the guys who've been here before -- Joe Montana, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott -- all those guys to come around," Sinlgetary said.
"I hope they know they're welcome here because they mean something to this organization. They mean something to our players. I don't know what the past has been, but I know what the presence of former guys who have done very well. They have a say and they have a stake in this organization and what we're trying to build."
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It is too bad Joe Montana hasn't been able to take the higher road. I know it was wrong of the organization to trade him, but sometimes you've got to swallow your pride. Maybe Singletary can help rebuild the relationship. It is nice to think about at least.
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