Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

It's not yet a touchdown, but Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is again moving things downfield for yet another big score in his fabled career.

No, Montana has not donned his old San Francisco 49ers jersey or laced up his spikes again. Rather, Montana the now-retired quarterback is now Montana the successful businessman and investor.

And like he would set his sights on getting the football into the end zone so many times during his fabled career, Montana is moving towards building a four- or five-star hotel directly across from the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which is due to be completed in 2014.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Montana on Tuesday night earned exclusive negotiating rights from the Santa Clara city council to build the hotel on eight acres of city-owned land. His investment firm will have to pay the city a substantial amount of money -- still not made public -- to not only build on the land, but also ongoing payments once the so-called "upscale" hotel is complete and open for business for the 2014 NFL season.

The negotiation period is good for one year, but Montana hopes to have the deal done much sooner so as to break ground and complete the hotel at the same time the new stadium is completed. The new hotel will include a sports bar, restaurant and "additional entertainment uses" according to the Mercury News.

"This is a no-brainer," said Councilman Kevin Moore.

The council voted 4-2 to begin negotiations with Montana's group immediately.

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