Joe Montana

  • 8 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993)
  • 6 × All-Pro selection selection ( 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990) 1 2 team
  • 4 × Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • 3 × Super Bowl MVP ( 1981, 1984, 1989)
  • 2 × NFL Most Valuable Player Award ( 1989, 1990 )
  • 1989 NFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • 1986 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 1989 Bert Bell Award
  • National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • National Football League 1980s All- Decade Team
  • Number 16 is not assigned when the 49ers

Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr. ( born June 11, 1956 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania) is an American former American football player. As an outstanding quarterback in the 1980s and early 1990s, he is considered one of the best players in the history of the National Football League ( NFL).


Joe Montana played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1975 to January 1978 and led them in his senior year to a thrilling victory in the Cotton Bowl, and thereby also to the national championship in 1977.

Professional time

In 1979 he was selected but only in the third round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. The jersey with the number 16, he led the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories ( 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1990 ). He was elected three times to the Super Bowl MVP. In 1990 he was chosen by the magazine Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. With the Sportsman of the Year Award from the Associated Press, he was honored in the same year and in 1989.

Montana is 1,88 m tall and weighed during his playing time approximately 93 kg. He was primarily a precise short passing thrower, who won by nerves in almost hopeless situations games yet for itself. 31 times he managed this feat even in the last quarter, earning him the nickname Comeback Kid earned in college, in the pros then Joe Cool and Montana Magic.

On January 10 In 1982, the sold-out Candlestick Park one of the most famous games in the history of the 49ers instead, although it was not a Super Bowl, it was "only" the NFC Conference Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Montana led the 49ers with this game in their first Super Bowl ( Super Bowl XVI) and the game won by Montana's touchdown pass to Dwight Clark great notoriety. This touchdown was famous under the name of "The Catch" and was the beginning of a great rivalry between the two teams in the 1980s and 1990s.

Legendary was the victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII when his team had to conquer 92 yards just before the finish and score a touchdown. Montana led his teammates calmly to victory ( 10 yards touchdown pass to John Taylor 39 seconds left in the game ) and still kept it after celebrities in the audience out. Through this loose confidence, which was confirmed by success, his teammates trusted him.

When trying to re- title defense he was injured in January 1991. The recovery took place over two years, in which substitute Steve Young very successfully represented him. To play again, he was discharged in April 1993 to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he ended his career after the 1994 season. As his No. 16 was not available in Kansas City, he turned just the 6 to 9 and played for the Chiefs with the No. 19

In his career with the 49ers, he threw 2,929 passes in 4,600 attempts for complete 35,142 yards and 240 touchdowns. In his career, there were 3,409 full passes at 5,391 attempts for 40,551 yards and 273 touchdowns. Montana played in eight Pro Bowls. His quarterback rating over his entire career is 92.3, the second highest ( no longer active players) of all time - behind his successor at the 49ers, Steve Young. At the earliest possible date - five years after the end of his career - you chose him in 2000 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a member of the National Football League 1980s All- Decade Team and since 1994 also in the National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team. He also won numerous other awards including the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Bert Bell Award during and after his career.