Sunday, July 13, 2014

Marino, other former AFC East'ers lace 'em up again


Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Dan Marino got a chance to face off at least one more time over the weekend.

In saying farewell to Candlestick Park, the former San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins greats led two teams of ex-NFLers Saturday night in a flag football game tabbed the Legends of Candlestick.

Young headed a team full of former 49ers, while Marino quarterbacked players from the rest of the league. The "49ers" beat the "All-Stars" 45-40.

"The last time I did something like this, I couldn't walk for a week," Marino quipped prior to the game, via the Mercury News.

A handful of former AFC East'ers helped man Marino's squad, including former New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Former Bills receiver James Lofton and defensive end Marcellus Wiley also participated, as did ex-New York Jets guard Dave Szott and Dolphins running back Terry Kirby.

Longtime 49er Ronnie Lott, who finished his season with the Jets, played for Young's team, as did cornerback Tim McKyler, a journeyman who landed on the Dolphins' roster for a year.

The game, which hosted approximately 25,000 spectators, supported the San Francisco Police Foundation and the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, according to SFGate.

"These guys were an amazing team for so many years," Marino said. "It's only right to have them -- Joe [Montana] and the guys -- have the last game here. That's pretty cool. I'm glad to be part of it."

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