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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Joe Montana Guest Stars at DMEautomotive Booth at NADA 2015Dealer Marketing Magazine, December 17th
Daytona Beach, FL – December 17, 2014 – Joe Montana, considered by many to be the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, will be the special guest of DMEautomotive at NADA 2015 in San Francisco, where the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and ...Read more
Joe Montana with some face time at Marshawn Lynch charity eventNiners Nation, December 15th
On Sunday, during the San Francisco 49ers loss to the Seattle Seahawks, there were several pictures of Joe Montana tweeted out. Montana was among several former 49ers players in attendance, including Roger Craig. However, Montana was up there for ...Read more
Joe Montana's project across from 49ers' Levi's Stadium delayed againSan Jose Mercury News, December 8th
SANTA CLARA -- Joe Montana was known for winning big games for the 49ers, but now in his new career as a developer, he's struggling to gain a much different kind of win off the field. The Hall of Fame quarterback is pushing back construction of his...Read more
Tulane senior Nick Montana says goodbye to Wave football, but keeping future ...NOLA.com, December 7th
The former starting Green Wave passer and son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, orchestrated the only Tulane scoring drive, hitting on 3-of-5 passes for 42 yards. He completed the longest pass of the evening for the Green Wave -- a 25-yard ...Read more
Joe Montana's project near 49ers stadium in flux as Lowe leaves, Related hoversSilicon Valley Business Journal, December 5th
A conceptual rendering of Centennial Gateway, a proposed mixed-use project just north of Levi's Stadium. The project is joint venture of Montana Property Group and Lowe Enterprises, but now comes word that Lowe is no longer involved, and Related ...Read more
Video: Joe Montana's Full Game-Winning Drive vs. The Broncos On Monday ...Arrowhead Addict, November 26th
For Kansas City Chiefs fans, Joe Montana's name is linked to a number of memories: the team's last playoff win, the blockbuster trade, that awful video game where completing a slant was an act of God, etc. But no memory is more vivid than that of his...Read more
Notre Dame's NFL quarterbacks have never ascended Mount MontanaSB Nation, November 26th
Following Joe Montana, Notre Dame Quarterback was always going to be a tricky proposition. There are no gaudy statistics to match - by the time he left South Bend, Montana had thrown 25 touchdowns and 25 interceptions while completing slightly more ...Read more
Joe Montana scores with empty Candlestick Park seatsSFGate, November 23rd
When it comes to the San Francisco 49ers, there's only one No. 16 — but there were 3,200 seat backs at Candlestick Park with that number, and now Joe Montana is out to sign and sell the bulk of them. For up to $799 each. Montana and his partners at ...Read more