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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Colin Kaepernick Struggles: Girlfriend, Love Life Blamed; Refutes Joe Montana ...Sports World News, December 11th
Maybe Joe Montana was wrong about the underlying cause for Colin Kaepernick's slump this season. The fault for Kaepernick's struggles may not be the media, as Montana suggested, but rather Kaepernick's personal life. The website mediatakeout.com ...Read more
Joe Montana Critiques Current San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin KaepernickNiner Noise, December 7th
Joe Montana went on 95.7 The Game Thursday and assessed Colin Kaepernick and the young quarterback's development. 49ers.com gives a nice synopsis of the interview, in which Montana gives some praise to Colin, but has quite a bit of criticism. Some of ...Read more
Joe Montana Talks Kaepernick Development49ers.com, December 5th
Colin Kaepernick has improved the more he takes snaps under center, but 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana wants San Francisco's current starting signal-caller to continue to take strides in that area of his game. The 49ers legend gave that ...Read more
Santa Clara Council to Mull Linking Joe Montana Project With City Place Plan ...NBC Bay Area, December 3rd
The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday night planned to consider a set of guidelines linking two large proposed developments next to the planned Levi's Stadium, including one by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. The city manager's ...Read more
What Is Legendary Sports Star Joe Montana Doing In China?International Business Times, November 18th
He is a legend from the field, a star quarter back who made the Hall of Fame, his name is Joe Montana and right now he is visiting China to promote American football. Followed by a crowd of fans, the legendary sport star toured Beijing on Monday...Read more
Brett Favre surprised by Fins scandalESPN, November 18th
As legendary NFL quarterbacks, Brett Favre and Joe Montana would know. But when asked about the controversy involving Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, Favre said he was shocked while Montana mostly shrugged, ...Read more
NFL Sees Strong China Growth as Joe Montana Rallies Asian FansBloomberg, November 15th
The National Football League is experiencing “strong growth” in China and may stage an exhibition game in the Asian nation as the fan base grows, according to the head of its Chinese operations. The number of fans has doubled in the past three years to ...Read more
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