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: Tom Brady Ordered Footballs To Be Deflated But Not A Big Deal
NESN.com, January 30th

San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana believes the New England Patriots quarterback is responsible for the under-inflated footballs that were used in the team's AFC Championship Game rout of the Indianapolis Colts. According to Montana, if the...Read more

The full deflategate spectrum: Quarterbacks like Joe Montana, Kurt Warner ...
MassLive.com (blog), January 30th

Literally every quarterback from Joe Montana to Chris Redman has shared an opinion on the NFL's investigation of the the under-inflated footballs used by the Patriots during the first half of the AFC championship game. And the spectrum of reaction from ...Read more

Joe Montana, Tom Brady's idol, says Patriots QB was behind ball deflation
Washington Post (blog), January 29th

Tom Brady surely has not enjoyed the scrutiny that he's been under since the DeflateGate scandal erupted, but he likely has been able to ignore accusations that he ordered the footballs to be deflated, even when they have come from the likes of Mark...Read more

Katy Perry to Joe Montana: Star power in Phoenix for Super Bowl week
KGUN 9, January 29th

On the Thursday before the big game, some of the NFL's all-time greatest players - Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Michael Irving - roamed radio row on the downstairs floor of the NFL Experience. Montana also joined quarterback Archie Manning for a pizza ...Read more

Joe Montana thinks Tom Brady ordered footballs to be deflated
NBCSports.com, January 29th

Tom Brady has said many times this week that Joe Montana was his childhood hero. Brady probably won't be thrilled with his favorite player's thoughts about Deflategate. “If I ever want a ball a certain way, I don't do it myself,” Montana said, via the...Read more

Joe Montana: Tom Brady had to order deflation of footballs
Boston Globe, January 29th

PHOENIX — Tom Brady's boyhood idol, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, thinks there is no mystery as to how the Patriots ended up playing with underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. He thinks Brady ordered it. Montana said the ...Read more

Joe Montana has Patriots cheating allegations all figured out ahead of the ...
NJ.com, January 29th

Sargent Sleuth himself, NFL legend Joe Montana, has it all figured out, well before Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks begins. And he doesn't seem to think it's a big deal at all. "It's easy to figure out who did it," Montana said...Read more

Even if Pats win, Brady is still no Montana
U-T San Diego, January 28th

Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie and Joe Montana are lounging in front of a television, getting ready to watch a football game. Jackson, Walker and Flutie can't resist bringing up their Heisman Trophy wins, and strike a mocking pose in Montana...Read more