Apr. 18, 1995 - Joe Montana announced his retirement from the NFL

Joe Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., and others. Highlights from Montana’s stay with the San Francisco 49ers and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Montana’s replacement with the Chiefs was his former backup in San Francisco, Steve Bono. Super Bowl XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss.

"There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass." - Dan Marino

Picture perfect.

Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success.” - Jim Harbaugh

Dedicate this to your team.

Mar. 22, 1994 - The NFL announced the addition of the two-point conversion

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It was the league’s first scoring change in 75 seasons.

The two-point conversion rule has been used in college football since 1958 and more recently in Canadian amateur football and the Canadian Football League (1975). In overtime situations in college football, the two-point conversion is the mandatory method of scoring after a touchdown beginning with the third overtime.

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"What it takes to win is simple, it’s not easy." - Marv Levy

It’s that simple.

Mar. 19, 1991 - NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl due to Arizona not recognizing MLK Day

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Super Bowl XXVII was originally scheduled to be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, the home of the Phoenix cardinals. However, a controversy over the state’s recognition of a newly created federal holiday changed things.

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"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated." - Lou Holtz

It could all be so simple.

"When I feel good about myself, things start happening for myself. When you look up, you go up." - Herschel Walker

Up, up, and away!

Feb. 19, 1965 - The NFL began using six officials during games

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A sixth official, the Line Judge, is added to the officiating crew. This change is sometimes referred to as the “Fran Tarkenton Rule” after the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, who developed the nickname scrambler as he ran around the backfield to avoid being sacked by the opposition. With the Line Judge stationed on the line of scrimmage opposite the Head Linesman, it made it easier for the officials to judge whether or not Tarkenton or any mobile quarterback crossed over the line before throwing the ball.

"When it’s too hard for them it’s just right for us." - Marv Levy

Perfect.

"Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live." - Joe Montana

Only way to live.

"I don’t want to wake up and be bored. That’s probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do. What better job is there than to play quarterback for an NFL team, and certainly one that I’ve been on for a long time and had success with? I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon." - Tom Brady

Feb. 3, 2013 - The Ravens survive a power outage and edge the 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII

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For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game pitted two brothers against each other—Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh, head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively—earning it the nickname Harbaugh Bowl or The Harbowl. In addition, Super Bowl XLVII was the first to feature two teams who had undefeated records in previous championship games (Baltimore, 1–0; San Francisco, 5–0). The Ravens defeated the 49ers by the score of 34–31, handing the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss in franchise history.

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