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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Classic Football Video Games: Sportstalk / NFL Football 94 With Joe MontanaWTVY, Dothan, August 26th
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Angel Investor (And NFL Hall of Famer) Joe Montana Scouts Y Combinator ...Re/code, August 19th
Joe Montana is known around the Bay Area for bringing home the hardware — the former NFL quarterback won four Super Bowl rings with the 49ers in the '80s and '90s. Now, Montana is looking to add new hardware to his collection — or software, ...Read more
MNF moments, No. 24: Montana to TaylorESPN (blog), August 15th
But Joe Montana and John Taylor made sure their team clinched home-field advantage that night as the 49ers scored 20 points in the final 10 minutes, the third time a team overcame a 14-point deficit after three quarters on "Monday Night Football." ...Read more
Joe Montana Huddles with NBBJ on New Levi's Stadium ComplexCurbed SF, August 11th
The development is a joint venture between 49ers great Joe Montana's Montana Property Group and Lowe Enterprises, and Joe Montana will also open one of his signature restaurants on-site. Global design agency NBBJ—the firm responsible for ...Read more
MNF moments, No. 28: Montana roars backESPN (blog), August 11th
The Kansas City Chiefs had not won at Mile High Stadium in 11 straight attempts dating back to 1982 when quarterback Joe Montana and the team rolled into Denver to take on John Elway and the Broncos in Week 7 of what would be Montana's final season...Read more
San Francisco's Candlestick Park hosts final eventKHON2, August 10th
In this July 12, 2014 file photo, San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, right, laughs with former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., left, before the start of the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game in San Francisco. The event...Read more
LOOK: Bill Walsh, Joe Montana conversation captured with sculptureCBSSports.com, August 6th
With Levi's Stadium set to open for official NFL business in Week 2 when the 49ers play host to the Bears, the media has been given plenty of information about the team's new Santa Clara abode. It's the kind of place where you can get a solid BBQ...Read more
Steve Young talks Charles Haley, Joe Montana and more 3 years agoNiners Nation, August 2nd
The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony is currently underway, and unfortunately there are no 49ers getting the highest honor. It's cool to see some all-time greats get the call, however, so hopefully you're enjoying that. If you want to see a...Read more