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Joe Montana names his most-admired 49ers teammate, answers other questions with Matt Ryan

Jul 13, 2020 at 4:48 PM--


Hall of Fame quarterback and football icon Joe Montana joined Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to answer questions about life outside of sports as part of the "Excel presents #SpeakingOf" series. Toward the end, the quarterbacks were allowed to answer some football-related questions.

Below are Montana's responses. You can watch the entire feature at the end of this article, which includes Ryan's answers to each question.

What was your greatest comeback win?

JM: "We played Philly in Philly when Buddy Ryan was there. I think we scored three or four touchdowns in the last quarter to win."

Who is your most-admired teammate?

JM: "There was a guy, John Ayers. He was an offensive guard who handled Lawrence Taylor better than anyone."

Which was the toughest away stadium?

JM: "New York. The Giants."

Ryan responded by naming the New Orleans Saints' home stadium.

"I was going to say New Orleans, but I never lost there," Montana responded while laughing. "Anywhere inside was always great for us weak-armed quarterbacks."

Did you have any pre-game rituals?

JM: "My only one, especially home games, my wife would come down. And if I didn't see her, because I know they were all out tailgating, she always made sure she came by to give a wave with the kids, her and the kids, before the game started."

Who was the best-dressed teammate?

JM: "Jerry Rice."

Which defensive player do you never want to face again?

JM: "Reggie White."

Which teammate would you let watch your children or grandchildren?

JM: "Keena Turner. He was a linebacker. He now works for the organization (as a VP and senior advisor to the general manager)."

Outside of family, who do you want in your foxhole?

JM: "Ronnie Lott, (long-time Vikings receiver) Cris Carter, and there's (former Eagles receiver) Mike Quick ... He and Chris Carter were insane. He made the craziest catches I've ever seen in my life. And then I played with them in the Pro Bowl, and they both said, 'If you're in trouble, just throw me the ball.' I go, 'I've got one ball, I've got two guys that want it.'"




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