When Joe Montana was picked in the third round of the 1979 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, no one would have predicted that the injury-prone Notre Dame grad would lead the team to four Super Bowls in the 1980s. But Montana had a way of defying the conventional wisdom.
Known as the "Comeback Kid" for his ability to rally his team when they were behind, Montana led the 49ers to victory 26 times when the team was losing in the 4th quarter, regardless of whether it was a mid-season game or Super Bowl XXIII—in that storied contest, Montana moved his team 92 yards for a touchdown with just 34 seconds left on the clock.
Montana’s career with the 49ers was characterized by successive seasons of brilliance, punctuated by years when he was plagued by problems on and off the field. After a dazzling 1981, which included a legendary come-from-behind victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game and an MVP award for his part in the team’s win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI, Montana’s stats sank in 1982 when NFL players went out on strike.
Montana threw more than 25 touchdown passes in each of the 1983, 1984, and 1985 seasons, but back surgery put him out of commission for almost half of 1986. Four more amazing years followed from 1987-1990, but an elbow injury late in the 1990 season sidelined him for all of 1991 and all but one game in 1992.
In 1993 he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he played two seasons before announcing his retirement in 1995. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Normally rookie cards are issued at the beginning of a player’s second season, but Topps waited until 1981 to print Montana’s, which is probably his most collectible football card. Contemporary cards such as Donruss limited edition autograph cards and cards with swatches of jersey material from Montana’s 49ers and Chiefs uniforms are also in demand. And autographed footballs, helmets, and jerseys remain perennial favorites.
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Jimbo Fisher: Jameis Winston's clutch factor like Joe Montana'sNFL.com, February 25th
When you ("NFL AM" co-host Eric Davis) played with Joe (Montana), if Joe got the ball at the end of the game, what was gonna happen? Your team was gonna win. That's what this guy does." Winston guided FSU to seven wins by six or fewer points in 2014, ...Read more
Jennifer And Joe Montana Join KPIX 5 As Special Contributors Ahead Of Super ...CBS Local, February 24th
(CBS) – Jennifer and Joe Montana have joined KPIX 5 as special contributors and featured members of the station's broadcast team during the 2015 NFL season and Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016. The Montanas have committed to ...Read more
Kristi Yamaguchi, Joe Montana Among Bay Area Sports Stars to Appear at ...NBC Bay Area, February 18th
Local sports stars are set to come together to help fight hunger in several Bay Area counties. Joe Montana, Vida Blue, Eric Wright, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Bret Hedican are among the world-class athletes who will mingle with guests over small bites at...Read more
Joe Montana: Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's best days are ahead of himMLive.com, February 11th
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) laughs during a media timeout in the third quarter of their NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Lions won the game, 34-17. (Mike Mulholland ...Read more
Joe Montana or Tom Brady All-Time Best NFL QB?WHAM, February 6th
On Thursday evening's radio show, we had a spirited debate on “the best quarterback in NFL history.” My thought was that it has evolved into a two-way race between Joe Montana and Tom Brady. I noted some of the other great QBs who didn't make my ...Read more
Joe Montana links up with Related — as expected — for Levi's-area project ...Silicon Valley Business Journal, February 5th
The Related Companies is joining forces with Joe Montana's real estate company on a 9-acre project in Santa Clara, displacing Montana's previous development partner, Lowe Enterprises. The news, announced in a Thursday press release, comes after ...Read more
Charles Haley prefers Montana to Brady: 'Joe didn't have to cheat'Yahoo Sports (blog), February 5th
An easy and mindless storyline is to discount all of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl wins because they cheated. The folks who relied on "The Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since Spygate!" now have deflate-gate as their crutch. Never mind that ...Read more
Tom Brady? Give me a break, Joe Montana is still No. 1 | Politi's MailbagNJ.com, February 3rd
Instead, Brady equaled Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four Super Bowl championships as a quarterback. That, in addition to his records and other two appearances, make him the best Super Bowl quarterback in history in my opinion. Not surprisingly ...Read more