Nov. 10, 2003
Former standout Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana will serve as the guest speaker for the 83rd University of Notre Dame Football Banquet.
The banquet, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in the north dome of the Joyce Center on the Notre Dame campus. A reception on the concourse begins at 5:45 p.m. EST and the dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.
The program will include a special tribute to senior members of the 2003 Irish squad – as well as a series of awards honoring members of the Notre Dame team.
Tickets are now on sale at $40 each and can be ordered at the Joyce Center second-floor ticket window, by phone (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) by calling 574-631-7356 (fax to 574-631-0854), or by writing to Ticket Office, 113 Joyce Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Order forms also can be printed from Notre Dame’s athletic web site, www.und.com. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame Football Banquet. Requests must be received by Monday, Dec. 1, 2003.
In addition to the dinner, all senior members of the ’03 Irish team will be available for autographs on the concourse during the reception. There also will be a silent auction of Notre Dame football photographs and memorabilia during the reception.
Proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Scholarship Fund.
Montana led the Irish to the 1977 national championship, starting the final nine games that season, including the 38-10 Cotton Bowl win over unbeaten and top-ranked Texas. Originally from Monongahela, Pa., Montana completed 268 of his 515 career passes at Notre Dame for 4,121 yards and 25 touchdowns – while also rushing for 14 TDs.
Montana led the Irish to a series of comeback wins during his career – taking over the starting job for good early in ’77 after bringing Notre Dame back from a 24-14 deficit against Purdue to a 31-24 victory thanks to his two TD passes. He threw for a career-high 358 yards in a losing effort in his final regular-season game against USC in ’78 – then followed that up in the Cotton Bowl against Houston by bringing the Irish back from a 34-12 deficit to a 35-34 victory on a TD pass to Kris Haines as time expired.
A third-round draft pick of the NFL San Francisco 49ers in 1979, Montana led the 49ers to Super Bowl wins following the 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1990 season. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.