A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 25, 1982

By the time Quarterback Joe Montana had led San Francisco to its heart-stopping victory over the Dallas Cowboys and to the National Football Conference championship last week, TIME Sport Writer Tom Callahan had already completed much of his reporting for this week's cover story on the 49ers and their crackerjack young star. Callahan had flown to the West Coast the week before to watch San Francisco defeat the New York Giants, and spent the intervening days interviewing the team. Washed out of San Francisco by torrential rains, the 49ers retreated south to dryer practice fields at Anaheim, and Callahan pursued them...

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