Feb 15, 2011 9:49 AM by Mark Holyoak - KPAX

Joe Montana's son to play football at Montana

MISSOULA - Nate Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana, has transferred from Notre Dame to the University of Montana.

"He has enrolled and started classes today," said UM Athletic Director Jim O'Day. "(He) will be walking on to the football team."

Montana did not see any action at Notre Dame during his freshman year, so he transferred to Pasadena Community College where he completed 31 of 88 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.

He transferred back to Notre Dame in 2010 where he completed 18 of 30 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-19 victory in the annual Blue-Gold scrimmage.

"We have no midterm aid," said O'Day. Head coach Robin Pflugrad previously said UM had no scholarship money available during the spring semester but expected to get help at the quarterback position. Montana apparently will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship going into fall drills.

Joe Montana led Notre Dame to the 1977 national championship. He played 14 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers where he won four Super Bowls. He also played two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nate's brother, Nick, is a redshirt freshman quarterback at the University of Washington.

If Nick Montana makes the Grizzly squad, he will have the same name on the back of his football jersey as on the front.


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