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Montana, Clark scheduled to address crowd at Levi's Stadium

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Montana, Clark scheduled to address crowd at Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA -- Dwight Clark and Joe Montana are scheduled to address the crowd Sunday at Levi’s Stadium at halftime of the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

It should be an emotional day, as 36 members from the team that defeated Dallas in the NFC Championship Game and went on to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title are expected to attend.

Montana is scheduled to be surrounded by his former teammates and speak from the field at halftime. Clark is likely to be situated in a suite, where he is expected to make some remarks. Clark, 60, announced in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Former 49ers offensive lineman Randy Cross, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said he is looking forward to seeing so many of his teammates from the squad that served as a springboard for five Super Bowl titles under the ownership of Hall of Famer Eddie DeBartolo.

“I can’t wait to see (Clark),” Cross said. “I can’t wait to see Eddie. I can’t wait to see Joe. There is a core group of guys I’ve gotten to see a few times a year since we all went our separate ways. There are guys I’ll get a chance to see, in some cases, (for the first time) since almost around the time we parted ways in the early-‘80s.”

The NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982, is best-remembered for “The Catch” – Clark’s leaping, finger-tip grab of a Montana pass for a 6-yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining.

The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 28-27 at Candlestick Park. Coach Bill Walsh’s team went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in Super Bowl XVI.

“For those of us who played on the Niners charity basketball team with both Joe and Dwight, and knowing their hoop skills and the way they could jump, we weren’t terribly surprised at: A, how high he threw it; and, B, how high Dwight got,” said Cross, who was blocking from his right guard position near the sideline and had an unobstructed view of the play.

“If Dwight got his fingers on it, it was going to be a catch. That was the thing about D.C., you won’t find too many instances in which he had a ball on him or near him that he dropped. There wasn’t much doubt.”

Joe Montana: 49ers should not have let Jim Harbaugh go

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Joe Montana: 49ers should not have let Jim Harbaugh go

Remember when the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers went to the NFC Championship Game in 2011 and 2013?

Remember when the Harbaugh-led 49ers went to the Super Bowl in 2012?

Remember when the 49ers and Harbaugh "mutually" agreed to part ways?

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"Sometimes, you'll make bad decisions in an organization," Joe Montana told USA Today Sports recently. "And I think letting Jim Harbaugh go was not a good decision on their part at that point in time...

"All of a sudden they were in the Super Bowl and then it just took a dive."

But the 49ers legend and Hall of Fame quarterback is feeling OK but the state of the franchise.

"I think it's heading in the right direction," Montana said. "I like both those guys (John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan). I think they're trying to change the culture that had been kind of destroyed from prior years.

"Won't be done tomorrow."

The 49ers are set to report to training camp on July 27, with the first preseason game -- at the Chiefs -- on Aug. 11.

The Red and Gold open the season on Sept. 10 against the Panthers.

Montana: 49ers needed to clean house after Kap distraction

Montana: 49ers needed to clean house after Kap distraction

Colin Kaepernick is still without an NFL team and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana isn't convinced he'll sign before the season starts.

"I’m not sure, I think there’s an injury somewhere he probably gets in," Montana told Sporting News. "In most cases, you look at Tim Tebow — a great guy and everybody was talking about him. But what it comes down to is 40 percent completion or even in the low 50s, you can’t win in the league with that. You won’t be in the league very long. It comes down to his play as much as anything."

Kaepernick owns a 69-58 career record as a starter over his six-year NFL career, has completed 59.8 percent of his passes and has thrown 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions.

"Everyone thinks it is the stance he took; one of the things you don’t look for is distractions in the locker room. You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren’t fitting in what he was looking for, it didn’t matter how good you were. You weren’t on the team for very long. You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time."

In addition to cutting ties with Kaepernick this offseason, the 49ers went through a complete overhaul and enter the 2017 season with new GM John Lynch and new head coach Kyle Shanahan in charge.

“I think changes were necessary there," Montana said. "I think it will take a year or so to get those guys understanding the system, how it works. I think there was a lot of loss for the game over the past few years with all the distractions, with Colin and all those things.

"They needed to clean house (and get) a different atmosphere in that building."

Whatever happens to Kaepernick, the 49ers are hoping their changes result in a change of culture after evening a franchise-worst 2-14 record last season.