Montana Aging Gracefully

His knees ache. He’s 50 years old now. But Joe Montana is still Joe Cool to fans. He makes a rare stop back in his old stomping grounds this week.

You’re probably familiar with the 1981 Topps Joe Montana rookie card. But the NFL Hall of Famer’s toughest rookie card is the Holsum/Gardner’s disc.

Issued in the upper Midwest and distributed in loaves of bread, the disc pictures Montana with a fu manchu mustache.

Little did he know when the image was taken that he’d go on to such a brilliant career. Now, he’s playing the role of retired Hall of Famer, speaking on behalf of charitable causes and making the occasional trip to a card show to sign autographs. He’ll be in San Jose next month for one of those, but this week brought him back to his home state of Pennsylvania where he talked football..and life..with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

And in another interview, he blasted the NFL over the reason for his absence from a gathering of Super Bowl MVPs two years ago.

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