The Hall of Fame quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion reflects on his days in San Francisco and how Eagles QB Sam Bradford should respond to the new man in Philadelphia.
MAGGIE GRAY:The 49ers traded for quarterback Steve Young [in 1987] while you were still in your prime. In some ways, can you empathize with Sam Bradford, who initially demanded a trade and then threatened to sit out from workouts after Philadelphia drafted quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick?
JOE MONTANA: I had just had back surgery, so I think [the 49ers] were a little concerned about my health. When I came back, even our offensive line coach was scared I was going to get hurt. I was only 187 pounds at the time. It's a little bit of a different situation from Sam's, but I totally understand. But maybe the competition [with Wentz] will get Sam back on the right page. It's easy to say, "I'm not going to participate." But then when you bring somebody in, things change. So you can understand him now wanting to get back there and competing.
MG:You asked for a trade [in 1993], and the 49ers granted it to you. Still, could you have imagined not showing up for a workout even when you were that upset with an organization?
JM: No, not really. I mean, these are different eras. A lot of things that get done nowadays would have never gotten done before. Unless he truly didn't want to be there, I can't see holding out. You've got a contract. Money will come your way. Let the other guys work it out behind the scenes and just go do your thing. You interrupt the flow of the team too much when the quarterback is missing.
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"You interrupt the flow of the team when the quarterback is missing."
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