Joe Montana certainly has no regrets about missing the 49ers’ final game at Candlestick Park.
And, plus, he says he will be taking part in a final flag football game before the concrete structure is demolished, anyway.
Montana played his first 13 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the 49ers and won four Super Bowl titles. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, as the 49ers went with Steve Young at quarterback.
Montana did not attend the 49ers’ finale at Candlestick Park on Dec. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons to be with his family. He explained his decision on San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game on Wednesday.
“If somebody left IBM and went to Apple, if they were shutting IBM down, do you think that guy would go back and visit?” Montana said. “There’s something strange about athletics and what people expect you to do.
“I don’t know. I wasn’t always a big fan of Candlestick to begin with, even though I played there. It might’ve been the worst field we played on throughout the years. But we had great memories there, yeah. But you know what? I don’t live in the past much. They can say what they think I should do, but I got to do what I believe.”
Montana was in New Orleans that weekend to watch his son, Nick, play a bowl game for Tulane. Montana said it was much more important to spend time around the holidays with his family.
“We were together for three days," Montana said. "If I take a day and a half out to go to the game and do what I had to do and I get a day and a half with my kids for Christmas, it’s not that important to me."
Then, he said there is a plan in the works for an exhibition game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers are scheduled to move into Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for the 2014 season.
“It’s not going to be the last game anyway,” Montana said. “We’re working on a game. I probably shouldn’t say this, yet. Yeah, we’re working on a final flag football game.
“It’ll be the 49ers against I won’t say who. It’ll be a big-name team.”