Joe Montana is often regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He played the majority of his career (13 yrs) with the San Francisco 49ers. Montana led the 49ers to 4 Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl MVP 3 times. He also won league MVP twice. He is well known for his late game heroics and leading dramatic comebacks.
Attending Notre Dame, Montana played three years; an injury kept him out of his sophomore season. There were questions regarding Montana's arm strength coming out of college and in the 1979 draft Montana was taken by the 49ers at the end of the 3rd round.
The play style of Joe Montana fit perfectly with 49ers head coach Bill Walsh's West Coast offense. This scheme involved passing more than running, safer throws, and utilizing running backs and tight ends as receivers. Montana played alongside weapons such as Jerry Rice, Dwight Clark, Roger Craig, and Russ Francis.
Montana eventually got traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. He played two seasons with the Chiefs. He led the Chiefs into the playoffs in consecutive seasons before deciding to retire.
In 2000, just 5 years after retirement, Joe Montana was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After being drafted in 1979 by the San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana took over as a starter in his second season. Montana was one of the most accurate and consistent NFL Quarterbacks. Over his career he completed over 63% of his 4600 pass attempts.
Montana was also an incredibly clutch player. He led 26 fourth quarter comebacks throughout his career. He also led 28 game winning drives. This ability to pull through when he was needed most helped earn him the nicknames "Joe Cool" and "The Comeback Kid." One of his most impressive accomplishments was mounting a 92-yard game winning drive in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXIII.
Another of Joe Montana's most famous moments was "The Catch." With only 58 seconds left in the 1981 NFC Championship game, Montana rolled out and threw a game winning touchdown pass to a leaping Dwight Clark in the back of the endzone. This completed the 83-yard drive that Montana had called.
Over his career he totalled 40,551 passing yards, 3,409 completions, 273 touchdowns, and a career 92.3 passing rating.
Joe Montana had easily one of the most successful careers of any NFL player. He is an elite player with four Super Bowl wins. With four as of 2020, Tom Brady is the only player with more Super Bowl MVPs than Montana, but Montana has a still very impressive three Super Bowl MVPs.
Montana was named the NFL MVP in both 1989 and 1990. Throughout his career he had the highest passer rating in the NFC five times. He was selected to a Pro Bowl team eight times. He was also named an All-Pro six times.
Joe Montana was recently selected to the NFL 100 team, which honors the top 100 players to ever play the game. Additionally, he was selected to the NFL's 75th anniversary team and the 1980s NFL All-Decade Team.
In 2000, Montana was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Joseph Montana was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania in 1956. In high school, Montana played basketball and football. He even received a scholarship to play basketball at North Carolina State University. He ended up heading to Notre Dame to play football. He had to work his way onto the field, but eventually led Notre Dame to a National Championship (1977) and a Cotton Bowl victory (1979).
Following retirement, Montana moved to Northern California wine country and has kept a low profile. He and his wife Jennifer have four kids. The two youngest played football at Division 1 Colleges.
Montana played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. For the majority of Montana's career, he played for the San Francisco 49ers (13 years). In his final 2 seasons, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Joe Montana is considered one of the greatest postseason quarterbacks of all time. He played 23 postseason games and won 16 of them. He went 4-0 in Super Bowl games. When in the playoffs, Joe Montana always came through. Past teammates have described the immense confidence they had in Montana heading into a playoff game.
Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver of all time, was the best player to play alongside Joe Montana. Rice was drafted by the 49ers after Montana had already won 2 Super Bowls. They would go on to win 2 more together. This duo brought two all time NFL players together and created one of the deadliest combos in NFL history.