Brady's Bay Area roots shine through

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jim Plunkett and Aaron Rodgers as part of a Bay Area charity event Friday that sounded like a real gem. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has the details, which included Brady reflecting on his youth and being a 49ers fan.

According to Maiocco, the event -- called "Salute to the Titans" -- was expected to net up to $750,000 for First Tee of San Francisco, Monterey County and Silicon Valley, as well as Champion Charities, a non-profit organization that former 49ers Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott founded.

Brady, who grew up in San Mateo, attended many 49ers games with his dad. ...

"We were pretty high from the top of the stadium," Brady said. "We needed binoculars to see what was going on, but there was nothing more thrilling than being at the games and watching Joe and Steve. Any young kid growing up at that time wanted to be like those two guys. It's quite an honor be to sitting here with those two."

Brady was in the stands at Candlestick Park in January 1982 for "The Catch" -- Montana's game-winning touchdown pass to Dwight Clark that sent the 49ers on to their first Super Bowl victory. At 4 1/2 years old, Brady found himself distracted for most of the game.

"For the entire first half of the game, I was complaining to my parents that everybody had one of those (foam) fingers but me," Brady said. "I was crying the whole time. Finally, they shut me up in the second half and got me one."

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