I was a two year old in '82....a few months after winning the super bowl, a few Niner players were in Safeway giving out autographed team posters, and I got one from Bobby Leopold (#53 I believe) while shopping with my dad.
Still wish I could find it....I remember seeing it as recently as the early '90s. I don't remember the interaction either, too young...
I was in San Jose airport the weekend of the Panther game and walked into a gift shop which had some Niner gear (caps and shirts mostly). The girl who worked there said she's run into a few players like Vernon, Willis, Kaepernick and a few others at that gift shop.
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I was at F&A's (club/lounge) when it was open in downtown San Jose. Some dude was there wearing black leather pants. I was starstruck when I walked up to him and asked to shake his hand. I told him, "I'm a huge Niner fan." Once I walked away, I realized Jerry was on the Raiders at the time. I'm sure he knew what I meant.
I've also met Garrison Hearst at a Blockbuster Music looking at CDs by himself, got to shake hands. Terrell Owens when he was a 2nd year player, not yet the super diva, at Target by himself. TO was running around the store buying Halloween stuff. Stopped him to shake hands and autographed a small piece of paper. I stood behind Roy Foster (OG) in line at a deli shop near their practice facility. He is one bigass mean looking mofo so I just stood there like a good citizen.
met joe montana at the meat counter at a grocery store in santa rosa. it was like 9am, and only the two of us there, so i got 20 seconds all to myself; didn't want to be one of those guys who corner a celeb for 2 minutes and aggravate the crap out of them.
to me, joe was bigger than any movie star, so i'll admit i got nervous saying anything. i just said, "thanks for all the great memories, joe, it's a real treat to meet you." i know, kinda cliche, but that explained it--great memories. his response was something like, "yeah, it was fun." it was a bit surreal because it was joe, higher than rock star status, right there getting steaks at oliver's market, and i could see those same facial wrinkles up close i'd seen for 20 years through a face mask on tv.
and i'll tell you this, when you stand next to him, he is NOT a big dude. he had a lot of courage standing in there taking a nfl beating at his size.
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