SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice and other NFL icons gathered at Candlestick Park on Friday for a low-key practice on the eve of an old-timers' game.

The flag-football game is Saturday night.

The ice packs come Sunday morning.

"The last time I did something like this, I couldn't walk for a week," Marino, 52, said with a laugh.

Billed as the last football event at the creaky old stadium, the "Legends of Candlestick" game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., pits a team of 49ers greats against a team of NFL All-Stars, led by Marino.

Anyone assembling an old-guy fantasy league team might consider taking Jeff Garcia with the No. 1 pick. Garcia, a mere 44, still works out with the youngsters who attend his football camp and clearly looked a step ahead of the competition Friday.

With Steve Young unable to attend practice (he's still scheduled to play in the game, according to organizers), Garcia got plenty of work. The four-time Pro Bowler spread the ball to different receivers, and different eras, hitting the likes of Rice, Dwight Clark, John Taylor and Roger Craig.

"How about Jeff Garcia? He thinks he's playing in a playoff game," tight end Brent Jones joked as he came off the field. "I'm going to try to harness some of that energy."

And the Montana scouting report?

"Joe is kind of moving more at my pace," Jones, 51, said.

The pace wasn't exactly frantic Friday, as players were clearly more eager to renew acquaintances than to run wind sprints. Defensive end Charles Haley got into town late but sauntered out to midfield in his dress clothes. Haley, one of the more notorious players in 49ers history, was greeted by a steady parade of high-fives and hugs, including an embrace from ex-owner Eddie DeBartolo.

Marino said: "These guys were an amazing team for so many years. It's only right to have them -- Joe and the guys -- have the last game here. That's pretty cool. I'm glad to be part of it."

That said, Marino's thirst for nostalgia goes only so far. He promised a competitive game from his team, which also features Tim Brown, James Lofton and Anthony Munoz. They're not here to lose.

"We're not going to be the Washington Generals," Marino said.

Garcia, who grew up in Gilroy, talked as if he were standing in the cornfield from "Field of Dreams." At one point, he ran drills in unison with Montana, each quarterback dropping back -- their footwork in sync -- and then tossing those easy swing passes that typified the West Coast offense.

"To be around these guys who I watched win Super Bowls? To be in the same locker room with them?" Garcia said. " ... It's a great feeling."

  • For ticket information and rosters, go to: legendsofcandlestick.com.

    game information
    What: 9-on-9 celebrity flag-football game to serve as NFL finale at Candlestick Park
    When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
    Who: 49ers alumni vs. NFL All-Stars
    Website: legendsofcandlestick.com