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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Just Because: Joe Montana fares well with Karl Malone, Hakeem OlajuwonCBSSports.com, September 18th
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Joe Montana and Tech Leaders Join Team Red, White and Blue to Kick Off a ...Business Wire (press release), September 10th
The relay will be held over approximately 60 days, beginning at a press event in San Francisco with speakers that include investor Ron Conway and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. The relay will end on Veterans Day, with each day comprising ...Read more
One-On-One With Joe MontanaTSN, September 7th
Joe Montana is simply one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football. The Hall of Famer led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowls and won three Super Bowl MVPs in those appearances. Montana, also known as the Comeback Kid ...Read more
Joe Montana: Canada A Prime Candidate For NFL ExpansionHuffington Post Canada, September 5th
TORONTO - Mexico City and London have long been mentioned as foreign landing spots for the NFL, but Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Montana said Canada would offer the league the most seamless transition. "Well, I'd think if any place could work ...Read more
Joe Montana, the greatest ever, pays visit to Vancouver FridayVancouver Sun (blog), September 2nd
It's three-time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana. And this debate is over. Yes, Joe Cool (Wikipedia says we used to call him that but I don't remember it) will be at the Sheraton Wall Centre downtown as part of the NHL Fantasy Football Charity Dinner and Draft...Read more
Notre Dame's greatest football playersNCAA.com, August 28th
Before he was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, Joe Montana won a national championship in 1977. Montana was recruited by Parseghian, but played under Dan Devine. Outside of the national championship, Montana's final game ...Read more
Angel Investor (And NFL Hall of Famer) Joe Montana Scouts Y Combinator ...Re/code, August 19th
Joe Montana is known around the Bay Area for bringing home the hardware — the former NFL quarterback won four Super Bowl rings with the 49ers in the '80s and '90s. Now, Montana is looking to add new hardware to his collection — or software, ...Read more