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 ...
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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Joe Montana's Son Draws Crowd at Rookie CampBleacher Report, May 14th
When you have the last name of Montana and play quarterback, naturally the comparisons happen. For 23-year-old Nate Montana, the son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, he's heard everything about his dad being a legend in the NFL. Nate, who attends West...Read more
49ers: Nate Montana learning West Coast offense that father masteredContra Costa Times, May 10th
The pressure of measuring up to his famous father, Joe Montana, is something that doesn't weigh on Nate Montana, he said. "At this point in my life, I've been able to just forget about all that and go out and play football," Nate said. "I'm not him. I...Read more
Joe Montana to Cowboys' Tony Romo: 'All you can do as a quarterback is put ...Dallas Morning News, May 1st
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo became the fifth-highest paid player in the NFL last month by signing a six-year, $108 million contract extension that will keep him in Dallas through 2019. He dropped out of the top five on Friday when Aaron Rodgers...Read more
Joe Montana On New SchoolCBS Local, May 1st
STANFORD, CA - JANUARY 20: Quarterback Joe Montana #16 of the San Francisco. Quarterback Joe Montana of the 49ers looks to pass during Super Bowl XIX against the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium on January 20, 1985 in Stanford, California...Read more
Sons of Joe Montana, Cris Carter to try out for fathers' ex-teamsLos Angeles Times, April 29th
Montana has accepted an invitation to take part in a three-day rookie minicamp with the San Francisco 49ers, the team his father, Joe Montana, led to four Super Bowl victories. Nate Montana, whose agent says his client turned down invites from three...Read more
Joe Montana Launches 'Throw with Joe' Mobile AppBroadway World, April 29th
Just in time for Arthritis Month in May, legendary quarterback Joe Montana and Joint Juice have teamed up to create "Throw with Joe," a new mobile app to provide players of all ages with a football-inspired challenge that raises funds for the Arthritis...Read more
Report: 49ers invite Joe Montana's QB son to rookie minicampCBS sports.com (blog), April 28th
Report: 49ers invite Joe Montana's QB son to rookie minicamp. By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com. April 28, 2013 1:35 PM ET. text Nate Montana played for Notre Dame in 2010. (USATSI). A quarterback named Montana will participate in the 49ers' rookie...Read more
30 for 30, 1983 NFL Draft: When the 49ers floated Joe Montana for John ElwayNiners Nation, April 23rd
The latest 30 for 30, titled "Elway to Marino", is a fascinating look at the 1983 NFL Draft, which featured the greatest first round QB class of all time. We look at the small 49ers connection, with reports of trade discussions that would have rocked...Read more