The Golden Gate area seems to be a cradle for golden boys. Quarterbacks Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jim Plunkett, Aaron Rodgers and the New England Patriots' own Tom Brady all have deep connections to the Bay Area in California.
The legendary group gathered on Friday at a charity event for The First Tee and Champion Charities called "Salute the Titans" in San Francisco.
The fundraiser's profits are expected to total up to $750,000 in an event organized by Harris Barton, the All-Pro lineman who used to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
The event featured a gathering of arguably the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, with the guests of honor having won 11 Super Bowls and eight Super Bowl MVP trophies.
The fact that all of them had some connection to San Francisco is remarkable, as Brady and Rodgers grew up idolizing Montana and Young as young 49ers fans unknowingly destined to follow in their idols' footsteps.
Brady's father was in attendance, and a great write-up of the event from Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area alludes to his awe that his son had ascended to the level of his fellow "titans."
Tom Brady shared a funny story about the time his father took him to the game that featured "The Catch," Montana's legendary pass to Dwight Clark that earned them a trip to a Super Bowl they would win for their first championship.
"For the entire first half of the game, I was complaining to my parents that everybody had one of those (foam) fingers but me," Brady said. "I was crying the whole time. Finally, they shut me up in the second half and got me one."
Montana responded wittily to the story later when he said, "When I came to San Francisco we were 2-14. And we were getting fingers, but they weren't those big ones."
Brady, like his father, seemed to recognize the weight of sharing the stage with legends of the game that provided the blue print on which he would build his own legacy.
"We needed binoculars to see what was going on, but there was nothing more thrilling than being at the games and watching Joe and Steve. Any young kid growing up at that time wanted to be like those two guys. It's quite an honor be to sitting here with those two."
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