Joe Montana was among a group of 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who recently returned from a weeklong trip to Israel.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft led “Touchdown in Israel II” from Jun 13-21. It was the second time in two years Kraft took a group of Hall of Famers to Israel.
The trip included sight-seeing to Israel’s most historic and sacred sites including Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Masada, the Dead Sea, the City of David and the Western Wall, and an afternoon in Bethlehem, according to the Hall of Fame.
“What a great experience,” Montana said. “What a great opportunity to be a part of something that is hopefully growing a game that all of us enjoy and loved all our life, and then to have the opportunity to be in a beautiful place like this.
“All in all, it’s been so much fun getting to know all these guys, but being able to spend a week with them and really getting to understand them and know them better is also one of the big highlights of that trip.”
The Hall of Famers met with fans throughout the tour. On the second night of the trip, multiple youth and high school teams scrimmaged during an event organized by American Football in Israel, a non-profit organization.
Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary and Raiders tight end Dave Casper also took part in the trip, along with Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.