Montana To Steelers: Don't Believe The Hype

<p> A man who knows something about preseason predictions, Pro Football Hall of Fame member Joe Montana, said it shouldn't hurt the Steelers to be the prohibitive favorite to win the AFC Championship this season -- as long as the Steelers don't believe the hype. </p>

"I never paid much attention to the predicitons myself," said Montana, a three-time Super Bowl MVP with the San Francisco 49ers. "But some of the guys I played with did. It's not a problem unless you start to believe you're the favorite. If you listen to the hype, if you start to believe what everyone's saying, that's when it's going to jump up and bite you."

Montana and the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to lead their teams to four Super Bowl championships. And if things would have worked out a little differently, Montana would have finished his stellar career with the Steelers.When the 49ers decided to stick with Steve Young in 1993 as their quarterback, they allowed Montana to shop around for a new team.

His first visit was with Pittsburgh.

"Before I went to Kansas City, one of the places where I wanted to come was Pittsburgh," said Montana, who played his final two seasons in Kansas City. "But Neil (O'Donnell) was coming off of a good year. I would have loved to have come back to Pittsburgh."

Pittsburgh would have loved to have him back, too.

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