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LT, Reggie, Montana Meet Legions Of Fans At Hasbrouck Heights Event

Several sports stars recall famous moments from their playing careers.
Several sports stars recall famous moments from their playing careers. Video Credit: Anthony Locicero
Former Yankee Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in three consecutive at bats in the 1977 World Series.
Former Yankee Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in three consecutive at bats in the 1977 World Series. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana signs a helmet for a fan.
Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana signs a helmet for a fan. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Callie holds a Cal Ripken, Jr. autographed baseball bat.
Callie holds a Cal Ripken, Jr. autographed baseball bat. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Former Saddle Brook resident Pete Forman and his daughter Callie spend a daddy-daughter day getting autographs and meeting athletes.
Former Saddle Brook resident Pete Forman and his daughter Callie spend a daddy-daughter day getting autographs and meeting athletes. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
New York Yankee fans want to forget Curt Schilling's Game Six performance in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
New York Yankee fans want to forget Curt Schilling's Game Six performance in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J.– "Everybody in Jersey has my autograph," Lawrence Taylor said, but that didn't stop him from joining an all-star squad of retired sports luminaries Saturday at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton.

Four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana signed 49er helmets and Notre Dame memorabilia inside the ballroom while Yankee legend Reggie Jackson participated in a question and answer session out in the hallway.

Mr. October told the crowd he wasn't thinking home run before every at bat in the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But he did receive some hitting advice from Mickey Mantle.

"Mickey said one time, 'It's not true that you can't try to hit a home run each time and be successful because he was successful 536 times,'" Jackson said.

Also attending were Curt Schilling, Kirk Gibson and Cal Ripken -- all of whom united for MAB' Celebrity Services' "Celebrate the Moment," an autograph/photograph session highlighting some of the most memorable moments in sports.

Fans paid an admission fee and varying prices for pictures and to have merchandise signed by Hall of Famers and standouts.

Two of the attending athletes in particular – former San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark and Miracle Met Ron Swoboda – made two of the most famous catches in their respective sport's history.

"I knew when I caught it, I went, 'Wow! You made one hell of a catch," said Swoboda.

Kevin Valluzzi of New Milford attended the event with his nine-year-old son, Travis, so they could meet LT – who played catch with a young man waiting in line – as well as Montana and Duke's Christian Laettner, best known for his buzzer-beating shot to defeat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.

“I was a big, big fan of them growing up," the elder Valluzi told Daily Voice. "I thought it would be a really cool chance to see them in person, hopefully get a picture with them and just kind of be in their company.”

Montana was a huge hit – even with fans who are too young to remember his Hall of Fame career.

"He's the greatest QB of all time," Nick, 14, from Montvale said.

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