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Published December 16, 1997
MONTANA RETIREMENT CEREMONY: 49ers co-Owner EDDIE DEBARTOLO JR., was warmly greeted before his introduction of JOE MONTANA at last night's ceremony retiring No. 16 in San Francisco: "Joe Montana came on the scene as Sir Lancelot came into Camelot. In behalf of the greatest fans in the NFL, in behalf of the greatest city in the world, this man has etched his place in NFL history as the greatest quarterback that has ever played the game." Montana singled out DeBartolo, saying: "We love you, Eddie" ("MNF," 12/15). OTHER NAMES: DEAN SMITH will be honored today as Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" for '97 (NEWS & OBSERVER, 12/16)....CHARLES BARKLEY, on receiving acting opportunities: "They keep sending me scripts to read. I've got plenty of movie offers" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/16). ...TROY AIKMAN and DARYL JOHNSTON signed a partnership with TX-businessmen JACK & JOEY MILNER for three Blockbuster Video stores in Irving and Coppell. The company set up to operate the stores will be called Aikman/Milner Entertainment Partners (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/16).