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DeBartolo scores last touchdown at Candlestick Park

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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.

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72 Responses to “DeBartolo scores last touchdown at Candlestick Park”
  1. bonnovi says: Jul 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    He scored with those 20.5 40 yard dash wheels.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 13, 2014 3:37 PM

    Daniel Snyder is the best owner in sports today. Before that it was a tie between Dibartolo and Jack Kent Cooke with a slight advantage to Cooke because he won Superbowls legitimatly. #HTTR

  3. andrewluck12 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:40 PM

    That would have been a cool game to watch.

  4. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 13, 2014 3:42 PM

    An owner that cared and loved his players unlike the dump that is called the Minnesota Vikings. 1 out of the 2 worst franchises in all sports. (the other the Washington Redskins) both terrible owners that celebrate 4th place. only championship they strive for is off-season ones #off-seasonchampions

  5. nfloracle says: Jul 13, 2014 3:44 PM

    OMG, logicalvoice has returned. My day has been made!

  6. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 13, 2014 3:49 PM

    Logicalvoice returns as soon as pftpoet stays silent #sketchy #delusional

  7. nativeraider says: Jul 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    Another dig at the Raiders’ and Schaub? No Way!

  8. kd75 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    I am sure bribes were involved.

  9. yate3097 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    So, are they officially to be referred to as the Santa Clara 49ers from this point forward?

  10. Vim says: Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    Dave Krieg? Did he have one of those patented “soap dish” fumbles where he goes back to pass and as his hand comes up the ball sails backwards out of his hand!

    It is a lot of fun now thinking about it and laughing, but believe me, 25 or so years ago when it happened a lot of fans including me groaned each time we saw something like this happen, and asked ourselves plaintively – Oh! Why could we not have a top notch QB in Seattle, like a Montana, or a Marino, or a Young?

    And lo and behold! The football gods were listening, and as the year 2011 came to pass they bestowed on the fair city of Seattle a golden armed kid named Russell Wilson, a Messiah if you will, to lead the gentle and kind people of this city to their dream land within the short span of 2 years!

    And the people of Seattle rejoiced for many days, and thought back to all the struggles, to the days of Jim Zorn and David Krieg and his “soap dish” fumbles, and they laughed with great joy to know they would not have to suffer through that any more!

  11. defscottyb says: Jul 13, 2014 3:54 PM

    I’m not an 1849ers fan but I like Eddie he was a great owner who always took care of his players and still does.

  12. seattlesuperchronic says: Jul 13, 2014 3:55 PM

    I’d like to go on a stadium tour when I’m old. I like the idea of new stadiums but I’d also like to go see the historic places like Green Bay. Modern marvels and historic landmarks, sounds fun to me.

  13. defscottyb says: Jul 13, 2014 3:57 PM

    Look how lovingly Eddie is looking into Joe’s eyes lol.

  14. ariani1985 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:58 PM

    One more TD than the horrible packer team!

  15. vader3234 says: Jul 13, 2014 4:03 PM

    Salary cap? What salary cap?

  16. gadgetking2010 says: Jul 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    Dan Rooney has to be at the top of the list of good owners. Stability is the key and since 1969, no one runs a more stable front office than the Steelers.

    IN 45 YEARS…
    3 head coaches (fewest in NFL).
    15 AFC title games in 45 Years (most in the AFC)
    8 Super Bowl appearances (most in AFC – tied with Dallas for most in NFL).
    6 Super Bowl victories (most in NFL)

  17. elmaxoh says: Jul 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    Where can I see that game ?

  18. armchairqb says: Jul 13, 2014 4:17 PM

    Last win for the Niners for a long time…

  19. sjsuguy says: Jul 13, 2014 4:35 PM

    Only owner with 5 rings.

  20. sportsfan18 says: Jul 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    yate3097 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    So, are they officially to be referred to as the Santa Clara 49ers from this point forward?

    9 5
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    Then the Jets and Giants become the New Jersey Jets and Giants…

  21. Paul M. says: Jul 13, 2014 4:47 PM

    San Francisco fans are classy in the way they still cheer for the quarterback who took them from being an also ran and made them into a Super Bowl winner. There are fans of one team who hate boo and flip off the quarterback who put them on the map.

  22. phildebin says: Jul 13, 2014 4:53 PM

    From now on, I am clicking Report Comment on every comment. Why? I don’t quite know, but the idea makes me laugh.

  23. dubblelznhell says: Jul 13, 2014 4:57 PM

    25,000 to 30,000 people for a flag football game is a pretty good turn out…..

  24. sonoco says: Jul 13, 2014 5:00 PM

    Only the PNW hipster dufus crowd refers to the team as the Santa Clara 49ers. As if they were hard to recognize to begin with.

  25. GenXJay says: Jul 13, 2014 5:07 PM

    Sounds historic. Msore historical than anything Cheesebay could ever offer.
    #KaepernickOwnsGb

  26. stoolerz says: Jul 13, 2014 5:08 PM

    Please don’t even mention any Rooney with what they did to their players in the 70s and 80s with steriods. They should be up for murder.

  27. yate3097 says: Jul 13, 2014 5:16 PM

    sportsfan18 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    yate3097 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    So, are they officially to be referred to as the Santa Clara 49ers from this point forward?

    9 5
    Report comment

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    Then the Jets and Giants become the New Jersey Jets and Giants…

    Or the Glendale Cardinals. This could get out of hand quickly. Maybe they could use the MLB Angels type naming convention and settle on the San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara.

  28. dkalev says: Jul 13, 2014 5:19 PM

    Where did all these packers vs Vikings fans and trolls come from? I remember a time where there was only redskins trolls… Now there’s Vikings ravens packers and redskins fans…

  29. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 13, 2014 5:58 PM

    sjsuguy,

    The Rooneys have 6 rings and they weren’t forced to give up ownership of the team. Of course, it’s not real common for an owner to be forced to give up control of a team. So he has that going for him. I’m not a Steekers fan, but I know enough about the NFL to know that the Rooneys are the best owners.

  30. jayniner says: Jul 13, 2014 6:05 PM

    A lot of history in that stadium. Many of us have spent our whole lives watching history made there.

    Sad to see it go.

  31. lurch61 says: Jul 13, 2014 6:19 PM

    yate3097 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    So, are they officially to be referred to as the Santa Clara 49ers from this point forward?
    ============================================
    Only if you refer to the Bills as the “Orchard Park Bills”, the jets and Giants as the “new Jersey Jets/Giants” the Cowboys as the “Irving Cowboys” and on and on. This repeated statement about Santa Clara is so stupid and getting so old, lets move on please!

  32. bucsorbust says: Jul 13, 2014 6:21 PM

    Wow, he scored the final TD huh? What are the odds? No way was that a set-up.

  33. chiadam says: Jul 13, 2014 6:28 PM

    Good ol’ Drew Bledoe.

  34. whatjusthapped says: Jul 13, 2014 6:33 PM

    I didn’t even know he got out of jail, oh that’s right, he squealed like a pig to avoid the jail sentence.

    Real classy guy.

  35. napalm101 says: Jul 13, 2014 6:50 PM

    Nice to hear about the real 49ers for a change…Lets see, the new 49ers have had 3 chances in 3 years to win a SB ring…Failure “is” an option…

  36. jshawaii22 says: Jul 13, 2014 7:02 PM

    The Seahawks are going to love it when they 3-peat at Levi’s stadium in two years.

    js

  37. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Jul 13, 2014 7:15 PM

    You’re a felony Eddie. and you’ll never vote again…

  38. dannersthemanners says: Jul 13, 2014 7:29 PM

    Go Saints.

  39. hehatemyfootballteam says: Jul 13, 2014 7:39 PM

    Wait a minute. There was a football game being played and NFL Network didn’t have 7 hours of pre-game coverage of the competition. What gives.

  40. donnymacjack says: Jul 13, 2014 7:40 PM

    It leaves you with a tiny bit of sadness when a great place like this shuts its doors forever. But the memories of the grate games played there…wow.

  41. harrisbarton says: Jul 13, 2014 7:46 PM

    In October, 1989 Niner’s DB Jeff Fuller sustained a horrific injury in a collision with RB John Stephens. He tore his brachial plexus, and his right arm became paralyzed and useless.

    DeBartolo not only paid off the balance of Fuller’s contract (which he was not obligated to do), but also to this day contributes to an annuity that pays Fuller $100K/year.

    Eddie did all this below the radar, never seeking an publicity for this act of kindness. That’s loving your players.

  42. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 13, 2014 8:50 PM

    That was a better defense than my Vikings NFC North worst defense.

  43. seachickens says: Jul 13, 2014 9:00 PM

    SeaChickens 3-peat? It will take them 38 more years to win another ring!

  44. speakerfothehouse says: Jul 13, 2014 9:06 PM

    What we really want to know is how our boy Drew Bledsoe looked?! A real classy guy.

  45. puntonfirstdown says: Jul 13, 2014 9:09 PM

    Hope this event was less schlocky in person than it appears in print.

  46. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 13, 2014 9:33 PM

    Actually, 30,000 is a pretty impressive crowd to watch a bunch of old guys play flag football.

  47. thetooloftools says: Jul 13, 2014 9:45 PM

    That is really cool.

  48. ytownjoe says: Jul 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    Good to see Eddie’s looking good and having fun.

  49. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 13, 2014 10:04 PM

    That flag football game must have been nice. Another chance to live in the past of past glory!

  50. jedyknyt says: Jul 13, 2014 10:20 PM

    I’m sure he paid himself extra $$$ under the table to get that done.

  51. wny49er says: Jul 13, 2014 10:39 PM

    Eddy D never broke any league rules!

  52. filthymcfunny1 says: Jul 13, 2014 10:42 PM

    There were packers on the all star team that’s why theNiners Won!!!

  53. icebowler says: Jul 13, 2014 11:10 PM

    I’m sure the Commish is looking at this and saying “Wow, 30K for a flag game. It won’t be long now”

  54. mshawn75 says: Jul 13, 2014 11:24 PM

    Just out of curiosity, how many of the players are the ones suing the NFL for all the injuries they received in their playing days?

  55. jwhitejagsquad says: Jul 13, 2014 11:36 PM

    Wonder if he put any $ down to bet that he was going to score the TD?

  56. granadafan says: Jul 14, 2014 12:17 AM

    Seattle fans are like new money. They spent their whole lives jealous of those living more well off with better homes and lives. Now that Seattle is part of the club, they’re still the low class people they were before.

  57. johnqlunchbox says: Jul 14, 2014 12:46 AM

    That “score” by a 60 year-old 5’3″ schlub is as contrived as anything in football could possibly get.

  58. atodaso says: Jul 14, 2014 2:28 AM

    @racoon. Rooneys are great owners but don’t sell Al Davis and Clark Hunt short, they’ve done more for the game then they will ever get credit for.

  59. mikeytrapp says: Jul 14, 2014 2:46 AM

    It’s nice to see Montana continuing to burnish his huckster image for more cash. He’ll be doing Life Alert ads in 5 years.

  60. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 14, 2014 3:32 AM

    I went to this game, it was great seeing all the players from the past joining in. The announcer made several funny comments throughout the game but overall some of these players can still play!! Also the comment about boo’s from the crowd when Steve threw an interception and the “cries for we want joe” is a crock. Kenny Mayne made some funny comments too when the ref’s and players were introduced. Overall it was a memorable experience. To see the complete list of players, you can go to legendsofcandlestick com. Farewell Candlestick!!

  61. joe400e says: Jul 14, 2014 3:59 AM

    Eddie definitely cared about his players. Look up former Niner Jeff Fuller and what Eddie D did for him after Fuller got hurt in a game against the Patriots.

  62. bearsoxass says: Jul 14, 2014 4:45 AM

    What a game! Lot of offsides but what a game!

  63. thornziegler says: Jul 14, 2014 6:31 AM

    I wonder how much a ticket cost for that game?

  64. wadrules1 says: Jul 14, 2014 8:27 AM

    Even in retirement, Steve can’t get that monkey off his back! LOL

  65. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 14, 2014 8:58 AM

    “Tough crowd” booing Steve Young in an old timer game.

  66. norcalmafia says: Jul 14, 2014 9:20 AM

    Seattle is an old indian word meaning “lame and boring”

  67. floratiotime says: Jul 14, 2014 10:11 AM

    He set new standards … in sleaze.

  68. garyridgway says: Jul 14, 2014 10:50 AM

    What a classless organization. Seriously, booing a guy in a legends game. Go back to the sewers you guys crawled out of. Bunch of scum bags down there in Santa Clara

  69. olcap says: Jul 14, 2014 11:31 AM

    gadgetking2010 says:
    Jul 13, 2014 4:05 PM
    Dan Rooney has to be at the top of the list of good owners. Stability is the key and since 1969, no one runs a more stable front office than the Steelers.

    IN 45 YEARS…
    3 head coaches (fewest in NFL).
    15 AFC title games in 45 Years (most in the AFC)
    8 Super Bowl appearances (most in AFC – tied with Dallas for most in NFL).
    6 Super Bowl victories (most in NFL)
    ———————————–

    One reason he is not – he didn’t fire his head coach who cheated on prime time TV. That’s unforgivable for an owner.

  70. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 14, 2014 11:32 AM

    thevikingsarewherecareersend says:
    Jul 13, 2014 3:49 PM

    Logicalvoice returns as soon as pftpoet stays silent
    ___________________
    Coincidence?

    I think not….

  71. 22yearsagotoday says: Jul 14, 2014 1:08 PM

    Marino never won anything.

  72. kmack831 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:55 PM

    I was there!!! Really special time. Awesome to see Joe / Steve / Jerry / Jeff Garcia (WTF!!) LOL Roger Craig… Marino and even Tim Brown who flashed his Traiders jersey after he scored once..

    Bill Ring almost stole the show!! Wide open on those 2 yard dump offs!!

    Young did ok but a few picks. Garcia played pretty good, probably since he was the youngest on the field.

    One thing the media hasn’t mention was how AWESOME us FANS were… A dry spell for the niners in the 2nd half…

    The WAVE started…. With mainly in between the 20-20 yards filled a few endzone and upper level seats.

    The Wave was a frenzy!! with nearly all 25k+ joining in on the fun!!

    This must have went around 6 or 7 or 8 times!!! again Dry spell when the “All Stars” had the ball and the 9ers were not doing much.

    Very Electric to see everyone having a blast and it keep going and going in very good sync.

    Emotional night for sure, lots of great memories at the stick, some heart breaking losses. But that why we are fans. Win some and lose some and start the next year at 0-0 with a shot of going all the way!

    Joe actually threw a great 30+ yard bomb to Roger Craig who made a nice catch along the sideline. This was a few plays after Craig dropped a 10 yard pass.

    The game was what you would expect from 50+ year old Legends!! Just something fun and special to watch.

    I actually won 20 bucks from my buddy so that made the game more interesting!

    I think the promotion or lack of stunk. They could have got 50-70K in if they wanted and promoted it right. Maybe the upper deck $10 dollar tickets. The tickets were $30-40-50 bucks plus fees.

    We still had 22 people in our party / tailgate and brought my kids (6 & 19mo) which they wont be able to go to a “SAN FRANCISCO” 49ers game in Santa Clara for awhile!! With tickets at $350+ for this year at Field of Jeans it will be awhile before I can bring them.

    And Yes they Are and WILL Be the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers!!! DALLAS Cowgurls do not play in Dallas!! and the Jets Giants DeadSkins, Bills…. And the Oakland Raiders will be in Portland or LA soon!!

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