NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana played defense Saturday when he and his wife Jennifer reportedly withdrew their grandchild from an intruder who allegedly tried to kidnap the baby.

A 39-year-old woman walked into a home in Malibu, California, where the Montanas were staying around 5 p.m., the TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources. The woman came in through an unlocked door. She allegedly took the baby from an unknown person who was holding the child and went to another part of the house where she was confronted by the Montanas.



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The man and woman wrestled the baby away from the woman, who then ran out of the house. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s MPs happened to be on the same block because of some other nearby matter and were stopped by someone at the Montana home and told what had happened. The MPs captured the intruder a few blocks away.

The woman, who was not identified, was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and burglary.



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Nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “The Comeback Kid,” Montana, nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “The Comeback Kid” for his calm under pressure and late game heroism, tweeted the incident on Sunday. “Thank you everyone who made the effort,” said Montana, who is now 64 years old and 26 years away from his NFL career. “Scary situation, but thankful that everyone is fine.”

Thanks to everyone who got in touch. Scary situation, but thankful that everyone is fine. We appreciate the respect for our privacy at this time.

– Joseph Montana (@JoeMontana) September 27, 2020

Twitter commentators praised Montana for still being a “hero,” and thanked him for keeping him and his family safe and sound. One posted a video of Montana’s most famous pass, a 1982 touchdown deal to receiver Dwight Clark that got the San Francisco 49ers into the Super Bowl and became known as “The Catch” in NFL lore. The commentator said, “Until yesterday this was the catch.”

Montana won four Super Bowl rings, was named a Super Bowl MVP three times, and received two NFL MVP awards.

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