Living in up to your father's reputation is never easy for any young lad, especially when your dad is a 49er legend, and one of the greatest Quarterbacks in NFL history. Joe Montana shined at Notre Dame and was taken in the 3rd round of the 1979 draft by Bill Walsh and the Niners. It was the beginning of what was to become the greatest dynasty of all time. The 49ers won 4 Super Bowls with Montana at quarterback, and 3 times he was named Super Bowl MVP. Nate Montana now must live under the gigantic shadow cast by his own father, as he dawns the Scarlett and Gold just as his father first did 34 years ago.
Nate Montana's journey to 49er rookie camp this past weekend, in no way shape or form mirrored that of his fathers. Nate played at about 4 different colleges and has done nothing to prove that he is NFL QB.
In 2008, Nate attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps at Notre Dame, but failed and soon transferred from his fathers Alma Mater. Montana bounced through three different schools during his college career. After walking-on at Notre Dame as a freshman in 2008, he transferred to Pasadena City College (2009), then headed back to Notre Dame in 2010, then again transferred to Montana in 2011, and one more time to West Virginia Wesleyan in 2012. Not quite the All American route the Joe Montana took to the NFL, as his son Nate was primarily a back-up his entire college career. Somehow, someway, Nate still ended up in a pro rookie mini-camp, and ironically in 49er country, must be nice. Although it is a long shot for him to even make the practice squad Nate is the modern example of the NFL's dog and pony show. How does a College Career back up end up with a pro tryout? Your only as big as your network, right? If that's the case Nate is set to find work somewhere, and I'm sure the son of the Joe Montana will not have to intern to get his foot in the door. His name will take him as far as he will push, but his game will not even transfer to the Arena or Canadian leagues.
A hilarious blog I read online suggested Hannah Montana was a better QB candidate then Nate Montana. I second that notion.
So we will see if Nate Montana gets a shot to prove us all wrong, and actually make an NFL squad. It's highly unlikely, based upon his skill-set, that the Niners will keep him. Even though Montana magic lives on forever in 49er history, this Montana doesn't have enough fairy dust to repeat it.