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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Training camp tales: Joe Montana's prank, Bill Cowher's wrathNFL.com, July 23rd
I don't have an especially vivid recollection of the moment when Joe Montana admitted that he, in fact, was the party responsible for the recurring prank, but I imagine the confession occurred on the Sierra College pool deck just behind the Niners...Read more
Joe Montana Tweets CG Pics Possibly Hinting at New Football Video GameBleacher Report, July 14th
From joint lube to calf-sculpting moon boots, the San Francisco 49ers great has one of the more random portfolios of product endorsements in professional sports. Judging by a number of recent tweets, he could also be making a return to the football...Read more
Joe Montana Documents Last Game at The 'Stick, Levi's® Stadium Ribbon Cutting49ers.com (blog), July 14th
The final football game ever was played Saturday by a team of 49ers legends led by quarterback Joe Montana. An estimated 30,000 fans showed up on a chilly Saturday night at The 'Stick to watch the flag football game between 49er greats and retired all ...Read more
Could Joe Montana Football '16 be a real thing?Niners Nation, July 13th
So hey, let me get something out there in the open right now: nothing I'm about to say is rooted in anything other than total speculation, save for the obvious things. Prior to the Legends of Candlestick game on Saturday, Joe Montana took to Twitter...Read more
Joe Montana, 49ers legends blow out flame at CandlestickNFL.com, July 13th
San Francisco 49ers icon Joe Montana connected with former team owner Eddie DeBartolo for the game-winning touchdown as the Niners rallied to down the All-Stars, 45-40, in the Legends of Candlestick flag football game on Saturday night at Candlestick ...Read more
Joe Montana Plays Final Football Game at Candlestick Park in "Legends of ...NBC Bay Area, July 12th
The final football game ever in San Francisco's Candlestick Park was played Saturday by a team of 49ers greats, led by four-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana. Joe Montana Plays Final Football Game... Link; Embed; Email. Copy. Close. Link to this video...Read more
Joe Montana prepares for final (flag) game at CandlestickSFGate, July 5th
After 13 seasons and four Super Bowl titles, the 49ers' career passing leader is getting loose on the sideline again. "This one is for all the marbles," 58-year-old Joe Montana said, laughing. Montana has a couple of passes left for Jerry Rice, it...Read more
Joe Montana: Seahawks have capability to be next dynastyCBSSports.com, June 29th
Former San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana thinks it can be the Seahawks. In an interview on NFL Network this week, Montana was asked if he thought Seattle was 'on the verge of becoming the next great dynasty." "I think they have the capability to," ...Read more