Joe Montana, Blue Jays to speak in Saskatoon at Kinsmen dinner

As part of its annual sports celebrity dinner, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon is set to host former NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

Montana to be joined by Blue Jays Kevin Pillar and Chris Colabello

Kevin Pillar spoke with media in Saskatoon prior to Friday night's Kinsmen Club Sports Celebrity Dinner. (James Hopkin/CBC)

As part of its annual sports celebrity dinner, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon is set to host former NFL quarterback Joe Montana Friday night at TCU place.

The 56th installment of the dinner will also include current Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar and Chris Colabello.

Each of the two Jays took some time to speak with media Friday morning.

Pillar reflected on what it's been like to play for "one team supported by the whole country," especially after last season's deep playoffs run.

"It's a unique situation to play for a Canadian team, and to travel to a bunch of different places in Canada," he said. "You got an entire country that follows one team, and to be able to travel the whole country and see what the Blue Jays mean to them, it's special."

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello will join team mate Kevin Pillar and former NFL quarterback Joe Montana at Saskatoon's Kinsmen Club Sports Celebrity Dinner. (James Hopkin/CBC)

Thinking about the 2016 MLB season, Colabello said he's feeling good heading into the new season, but that his off-season has been a little bit different than normal. 

"To see the outreach that we've had as a team, and the passion and support that I felt through this country, as far west as Vancouver, as far east as New Brunswick, and north to Fort Mac. It's been incredible," he said.

"I'm a baseball guy through and through, and as soon as we got down [the 2015 season], I was ready to play again. I'm excited," he said. 

Spending most of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, some of Montana's career milestones are four Super Bowl wins in all of his Super Bowl appearances and three MVP awards from the big game.

Montana was unavailable for media interviews Friday.

Joining the three headliners will be emcee Charissa Thompson from Fox Sports Live, along with new Saskatchewan Roughriders coach Chris Jones.

Former football player Joe Montana is introduced before the NFL Super Bowl 50 game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo/The Associated Press)


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