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    Joe Montana wanted to be a Steeler, but Steelers preferred Neil O'Donnell

    You may have heard of this quarterback by the name of*Joe Montana. His storied tenure as the signal caller for the San Francisco 49ers is one of the greatest stories about a quarterback in NFL history.

    His time in a Niners uniform was cut short when*Steve Young*came to town and the team opted to ship him to Kansas City. It was a trade that Montana orchestrated; but Kansas City wasn’t at the top of his list for trade destinations. That honor would go to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But on The*Dan Patrick*Show recently, Montana raised a few eyebrows when he explained why Pittsburgh said no.

    Montana, asked about Pittsburgh said:*“Oh yeah. I tried to go there before, when I was looking at Kansas City, and they said no. I think O’Donnell was stil there.”
    Patrick:*“Wait, Steelers said no because they had Neil O’Donnell?”
    Montana: “Yeah, Neil O’Donnell.”

    Really, Pittsburgh? Passing up one of the all-time greats for Neil O’Donnell? Sounds pretty crazy to me.

    http://live.drjays.com/index.php/201...ot-in-the-way/

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    Read that today as well: http://arrowheadaddict.com/2012/12/1...s-over-chiefs/

    Montana said - " It would have been fun to play for them, finish off your career back at home. That would have been fun. And they had a pretty good team, too. That was the other part of it."

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    Montana was 37 years old when he left S.F. for K.C. He only played 2 years there before retiring. Would Montana in his late 30's have been better than a decade-younger O'Donnell? Their numbers for those 2 seasons are pretty darned close.

    Montana in 1993: 181-298, 60.7%, 2144 yards, 13 TD, 7 INT
    Montana in 1994: 299-493, 60.6%, 3283 yards, 16 TD, 9 INT

    O'Donnell in 1993: 270-486, 55.6%, 3208 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT
    O'Donnell in 1994: 212-370, 57.3%, 2443 yards, 13 TD, 9 INT

    Plus, remember that we went to the Super Bowl with O'Donnell the year after Montana retired.

    Sure, we lost a playoff game to Montana's Chiefs in overtime, but it wasn't because Montana outplayed O'Donnell in that game:

    Neil O'Donnell 23-42, 286 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
    Joe Montana 28-43, 276 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Montana was 37 years old when he left S.F. for K.C. He only played 2 years there before retiring. Would Montana in his late 30's have been better than a decade-younger O'Donnell? Their numbers for those 2 seasons are pretty darned close.

    Montana in 1993: 181-298, 60.7%, 2144 yards, 13 TD, 7 INT
    Montana in 1994: 299-493, 60.6%, 3283 yards, 16 TD, 9 INT

    O'Donnell in 1993: 270-486, 55.6%, 3208 yards, 14 TD, 7 INT
    O'Donnell in 1994: 212-370, 57.3%, 2443 yards, 13 TD, 9 INT

    Plus, remember that we went to the Super Bowl with O'Donnell the year after Montana retired.

    Sure, we lost a playoff game to Montana's Chiefs in overtime, but it wasn't because Montana outplayed O'Donnell in that game:

    Neil O'Donnell 23-42, 286 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
    Joe Montana 28-43, 276 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
    Not even comparable. Montana wouldn't have lost the SB by throwing those 2 INT. It still makes me think O'Donnell thru the game on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    Not even comparable. Montana wouldn't have lost the SB by throwing those 2 INT. It still makes me think O'Donnell thru the game on purpose.
    He definitely wouldn't have since he retired the year before...

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    Not so crazy really. It cost the Chiefs safety David Whitmore and a 1994 3rd round pick for 2 years of Montana's services. Montana was 37 years old by the beginning of the '93 season. O'Donnell was 27.
    The #s put up by both QBs during the 1993 and 1994 seasons were fairly comparable.
    I understand wanting to have seen Montana in black and gold, but I don't think we lost out on much there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus View Post
    Not so crazy really. It cost the Chiefs safety David Whitmore and a 1994 3rd round pick for 2 years of Montana's services. Montana was 37 years old by the beginning of the '93 season. O'Donnell was 27.
    The #s put up by both QBs during the 1993 and 1994 seasons were fairly comparable.
    I understand wanting to have seen Montana in black and gold, but I don't think we lost out on much there.
    Actually, the Chiefs received Montana, David Whitmore and a 1994 3rd round pick from the Niners.

    In exchange, the Niners got the 18th overall pick in the 1993 draft from the Chiefs.

    No way I'd give up a first round pick for a 37 year old who had only played 1 game in the previous 2 seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Actually, the Chiefs received Montana, David Whitmore and a 1994 3rd round pick from the Niners.

    In exchange, the Niners got the 18th overall pick in the 1993 draft from the Chiefs.

    No way I'd give up a first round pick for a 37 year old who had only played 1 game in the previous 2 seasons.
    We would have missed out on Deon Figures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    We would have missed out on Deon Figures...
    Figures might have developed into a quality player if he hadn't been shot in the leg through his car door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Figures might have developed into a quality player if he hadn't been shot in the leg through his car door.

    I know. I was lamenting the fact that Figures didn't pan out more than the loss of Montana...

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