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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Teddy Bridgewater called 'a young Joe Montana' by Greg SchianoThe Viking Age, November 20th
“This may be a little bit weird, but I look at Teddy Bridgewater and he reminds me of a young Joe Montana. He's accurate, he's just mobile enough to give you real fits and he's a smart quarterback. He's got weapons around. That's why I think his...Read more
Ex-Rutgers coach Greg Schiano thinks Vikings have 'young Joe Montana'NJ.com, November 20th
"This may be a little bit weird, but I look at Teddy Bridgewater, and he reminds me of a young Joe Montana," Schiano said, per Bleacher Report. "He's accurate, he's just mobile enough to give you real fits and he's a smart quarterback. He's got weapons ...Read more
Local author examines the legend of Joe MontanaNewnan Times-Herald, November 20th
Local author examines the legend of Joe Montana. The Newnan Times-Herald. “As a historian biographer, my role is to make the reader feel like they are right in the middle of the situation – to see it and smell it,” said “Montana” author Keith...Read more
Ex-Bucs coach Greg Schiano: Teddy Bridgewater is a young Joe MontanaCBSSports.com, November 19th
During an interview this week, Schiano said that Bridgewater looks like a "young Joe Montana." "This may be a little bit weird, but I look at Teddy Bridgewater and he reminds me of a young Joe Montana," Schiano told ESPN's Mike and Mike. "He's accurate ...Read more
Ben Roethlisberger passes Joe Montana on all-time passing list247Sports, November 15th
It's only fitting that an iconic performance by Ben Roethlisberger lead to his passing of an NFL icon in the NFL record books. With his 379 yards passing in the Steelers' 30-9 win over the Browns, Big Ben passed Joe Montana for No.14 on the NFL's...Read more
Throwback Thursday: You can control Joe Montana with Game GearNiners Nation, November 12th
Back in the early 90s, Joe Montana was a mascot for Sega, the only company with any sort of chance of beating Nintendo. Nintendo had Mario and Link, Sega had a hedgehog and a football player. Why do I lump Montana into Sega's mascots? Because Joe ...Read more
Eli Manning passes Joe Montana, sits 10th for all time TDs thrownABC News, November 1st
NEW ORLEANS -- With six touchdowns on Sunday, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning moved into the top 10 for touchdowns thrown. Manning's third touchdown pass of the game Sunday was the 273rd of his career which tied him with Joe Montana for ...Read more
Joe Montana recreates 'The Catch' with James Corden on 'The Late Late Show'Yahoo Sports (blog), October 30th
If you ever saw Joe Montana on "Saturday Night Live," you'd know he's a lot better at football than comedy, although his opening monologue in 1987 was ahead of its time on the NFL's concussion issue. And if you've never seen James Corden on CBS' "The ...Read more