Dec. 26, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers LEGENDS ALIGN WITH KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL
Three of the greatest talents to ever wear the 49ers storied uniform -- Hall of Famers all -- will be part of the week-long festivities leading up to and including the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game. This year's contest features the Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten taking on the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12. They'll collide Saturday, December 31st, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m.
QB Joe Montana, WR Jerry Rice and S Ronnie Lott, three of the greatest players to ever play their respective positions, will lend their considerable star power to the events leading up to game day.
Rice, whose son Jerry Rice, Jr. plays for UCLA, and Lott will both attend the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Press Conference on Tuesday, December 27th at AT&T Park. Each will be speaking on numerous game-related topics in addition to Kraft's soon-to-conclude 'Huddle To Fight Hunger' campaign for the 2011 season. After donating 20,000,000 meals to those in need during the 2010 inaugural 'Huddle', Kraft this season set a preseason goal of 25,000,000 meals, working in conjunction with the company's longtime hunger relief partner Feeding America.
"We're thrilled to have Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott--three Hall of Famers and three of the greatest players in 49er history--involved in supporting the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Kraft's 'Huddle to Fight Hunger' campaign," said Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli. "Their presence at the game will not only add some star quality and stature to our bowl game, but it will heighten awareness of the critical issue of fighting hunger in our country and in the Bay Area."
Montana, Rice and Lott will all be part of the New Year's Eve afternoon pregame pageantry and coin toss ceremony leading up to the Illinois-UCLA clash.
Montana [1979-92] is the 49ers career passing leader, completing 2,929 of 4,600 passing attempts for 35,124 yards and 244 touchdowns. Rice [1985-00] caught 1,281 passes for 19,247 yards and 181 touchdowns as a 49er and Lott [1981-90] collected a team record 51 interceptions. Montana and Lott were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and Rice was inducted in 2010.