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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Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana at Westfield Valley Fair mallSan Jose Mercury News media center, October 3rd
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana signs autographs for fans during a Hugo Boss Fragrance promotion at Nordstrom in Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photos by LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)...Read more
Life still smells sweet for 49ers great Joe MontanaContra Costa Times, October 3rd
SANTA CLARA -- Joe Montana was in town Saturday promoting a new fragrance for Hugo Boss. Aside from the original scent, there was a product called Bottled Intense and another called Bottled Night. Alas, there was nothing called "Bottled Candlestick."...Read more
Joe Montana, Dwight Clark played the last time Notre Dame visited Death ValleyESPN (blog), October 1st
"We didn't think much of Joe Montana," Joe Bostic said. "We didn't really know who he was but as time went by …" "I tell people all the time I played against Joe Montana and he did one of his things that he did in the NFL -- come from behind," Ryan said...Read more
Dwight Clark prefers Joe Montana to Tom Brady247Sports, September 29th
Brady matched Montana's total of four Super Bowl titles with the Patriots' win in Super Bowl XLIX earlier this year, causing plenty of chatter as to where the two stood on the list of all-time greats (before the deflategate mess blew up, anyway). There...Read more
Joe Montana assists housing rising near BART in the East BaySan Francisco Business Times (blog), September 25th
A development team including former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana has started construction on a $121.5 million housing project near the South Hayward BART station. Developer AMCAL and partner Montana are building 206 market-rate apartments in a ...Read more
Joe Montana visits RichmondRichmond, September 24th
Former NFL stars and generous philanthropists attracted attention and donors to Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center on Thursday night. Joe Montana, who helped San Francisco 49ers win four Super Bowls after starring at Notre Dame, received the ...Read more
Joe Montana Dinner Auction Benefits Ronnie Lott Children's CharityNBC Bay Area, September 21st
Niner fans who double as culinary enthusiasts can bid on a chance to meet Joe Montana at a special dinner in honor of Ronnie Lott's charitable foundation. Bidding via IfOnly starts at $500 for dinner for two at Stones Throw restaurant in San Francisco...Read more
Hanging in Monongahela: A trip to Joe Montana's hometownSFGate (blog), September 19th
MONONGAHELA, Pa. – You can't drive too far in western Pennsylvania before you hit a Hall-of-Famer's hometown. Today, I hit three: Monongahela (Joe Montana), Aliquippa (Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka) and, sort of by accident, Stan Musial (Donora), who ...Read more