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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Vintage Football Card Gallery
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Joe Montana Memorabilia
Source: Google News
Countdown to College Football Kickoff 2015, Day 3: Joe Montana and the comebackSaturday Blitz, August 26th
Countdown to College Football Kickoff 2015, Day 3: Joe Montana and the comeback. Sep 7, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana in the stands to watch his son Tulane Green Wave starting quarterback Nick Montana against ...Read more
Angels with star power: From Ashton Kutcher to Joe MontanaSilicon Valley Business Journal (blog), August 20th
Both Kutcher and another celeb on the list — former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana — frequently attend Y Combinator Demo Days to prospect for founders to back. Kutcher was there on Wednesday this week but Montana didn't make an ...Read more
Jameis Winston tells Mike Evans to think 'Joe Montana, Jerry Rice'FOXSports.com, August 19th
Jameis Winston has high hopes and big dreams for himself and second-year receiver Mike Evans. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Winston was recently asked about his relationship with Evans, which resulted in a headline-grabbing quote. "I'm a big ...Read more
Luke Bryan: Country king talks about his new album, Joe Montana and moreThe Times, August 19th
“I keep in mind being a child and watching Joe Montana,” Bryan says throughout a current tour cease in Pennsylvania. “San Francisco was virtually one other world — utterly throughout the nation from me. That I can go together with my tour and play...Read more
Interview: Luke Bryan talks new album, Joe Montana and moreSan Jose Mercury News, August 12th
"I remember being a kid and watching Joe Montana," Bryan says during a recent tour stop in Pennsylvania. "San Francisco was almost another world -- completely across the country from me. That I can go with my tour and play Levi's Stadium in the heart...Read more
Tickets on sale for Joe Montana visitRichmond, August 9th
Seats are now on sale to hear Joe Montana speak in Richmond. The four-time Super Bowl champion will be the national Catalyst4Change honoree at Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center's annual program. The event takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. ...Read more
Why Former Football Star Joe Montana Gives Back With IfOnlyLos Angeles Confidential, August 6th
We caught up with former San Francisco 49er Joe Montana to find out how his football career shaped his views on giving back, and how his experience with IfOnly has helped unite him with fans. Joe Montana. While many know him better as, “Joe Cool” or ...Read more
Hall of Fame NFL QB Joe Montana highlights $1.5M raise for social sports app ...VentureBeat, August 6th
Above: GameOn founders (left to right) Nate Simmons (COO), Kalin Stanojev (CPO), Alex Beckman (CEO). Image Credit: GameOn. GameOn Technology has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from investors that include football legend Joe Montana...Read more