The San Francisco 49ers moved out of San Francisco in 2014, opening shop in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers and the city of San Francisco have worked to maintain a relationship since then, but it has been an odd one at times.
Fortunately, the 49ers history still holds a piece of San Francisco, and will moving forward forever. Although Candlestick Park has been demolished and will be replaced by an urban center that will include housing, shopping, and entertainment. More importantly, it will include streets named after some of the most important members of the 49ers organization.
On Sunday, a ceremony was held to unveil the streets and honor the various legends. The streets will includes names for Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Bill Walsh, Eddie DeBartolo, and Carmen Policy. Montana’s street will be named Joe Montana Drive, but in accepting the honor, Montana asked that it be change to Montana-Clark Drive.
Dwight Clark was on hand, and the two men joked about how Montana had wanted “The Catch” to be called “The Throw,” given the perfect placement of the pass. Clark had made some public appearances since he announced his ALS diagnosis, but this was arguably the most high profile of them.
49ers honored with street names
Montana to Clark one last time at Candlestick Point (Killion)
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Ranking 10 best picks for 49ers in Round 1 of NFL draft (Biderman)
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Matt Barrows breaks down why 49ers could draft Mitch Trubisky at No. 2 (Barrows video)
Photos from street name ceremony
Partial look at how Candlestick Point will be carved up and what the streets will be named. pic.twitter.com/RbO5VBCg98— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 23, 2017
#49ers Dwight Clark on the mural that will be part of the Candlestick redevelopment. pic.twitter.com/npIBQy1kJG— Mindi Bach (@MBachNBCS) April 23, 2017
Joe Montana, holding a street sign in his name, asks that it be named 'Montana-Clark Drive' instead. pic.twitter.com/CatOBA2ZVH— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 23, 2017