Did Montana and Bradshaw Skip Super Bowl Over Cash?
Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw refused to attend the Super Bowl MVP ceremony because the league would not pay up, according to several published sources.
When the NFL unveiled its MVPs from the previous 39 Super Bowls, only three living members skipped the ceremony. Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw decided to stay home, while former Dolphins MVP Jake Scott was traveling in Australia.
Montana, the league’s only three-time Super Bowl MVP, turned down the invitation over money, Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Montana, however, told ESPN2’s Cold Pizza last week that he wasn’t going to be at the game because his son had an important basketball game he wanted to attend.
Bradshaw, who told league officials that he wanted to be with his family, also took issue with the fees, the Chronicle reported. Bradshaw, through a representative, denied the Chronicle’s report that there was a dispute over money.
Former MVPs were given $1,000 for incidental expenses while in Detroit, along with other amenities such as plane tickets, car rental and game tickets. Sources told each paper that Montana asked for a guarantee of at least $100,000 in appearance money. When the league balked at Montana’s demands, the quarterback declined to be in attendance.
Such petty behavior would hardly be in character for either Montana or Bradshaw, both universally thought of as good guys. Let’s hope the reports are untrue.
Both men used their football talents to earn fame, accolades, and millions of dollars. Surely, showing up to honor the game and commemorate the 40th playing of the stage that helped make them famous would be incentive enough.
Update: Title modified from “Montana and Bradshaw Skipped Super Bowl Over Cash” to reflect the contested nature of the allegation.
Update 2 (2/7): Montana, Bradshaw deny missing ceremony over $$
In a phone interview with “Quite Frankly” host Stephen A. Smith on Monday night, Montana vehemently denied forgoing the ceremony over money and reiterated that his absence was due to his preference to see his son’s basketball game.
Montana told ESPN last week that he wasn’t going to attend the Super Bowl because his son had an important basketball game he wanted to attend. Bradshaw, according to the Chronicle, told league officials he wanted to be with his family.
Bradshaw, through a representative, denied the Chronicle’s report that there was a dispute over money.