The stadium that became best known for the exploits of the team owned by Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. closed its doors on a touchdown scored by DeBartolo himself.
Via Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, DeBartolo scored the game-winning touchdown at the flag football game that closed out Candlestick Park, giving former 49ers a 45-40 win over a team of All-Stars in a flag football game.
“Trust me. I was as nervous as you were,” quarterback Joe Montana told DeBartolo after the two-yard completion won the game and dropped the curtain on the legendary venue. Per Brown, DeBartolo sneaked onto the field for the decisive score.
As the modest crowd — estimated at 30,000 by Brown and at 25,000 by Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle — chanted “Ed-die!,” DeBartolo found a microphone.
“It was an honor being your owner,” he said. “But it was an even bigger honor to be your friend.”
Per Tafur, Montana threw three touchdown passes for the 49ers, and Steve Young added one. But Young also threw a pair of Matt Schaub-style pick-sixes to former NFL safety Robert Griffith, prompting boos from the crowd and cries of “We want Joe”!
Quarterbacking the All-Stars were Dan Marino, Drew Bledoe, and Dave Krieg. They used iPads on the field to help call plays. It didn’t always work too well; former 49ers safety Tony Parrish intercepted them three times, returning one for a touchdown.
The 49ers will christen their new Santa Clara stadium this season, hosting Super Bowl 50 there in early 2016.