83 Facts About Joe Montana


Joe Montana holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception and the all-time highest passer rating of 127.8.


In 1993, Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played for his last two seasons, and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game.


Joe Montana was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.


In 1986, Joe Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.


Joe Montana was elected to eight Pro Bowls as well as being voted First-team All-Pro by the AP in 1987,1989, and 1990.


Joe Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference five times, and in both 1987 and 1989, Joe Montana had the highest passer rating in the NFL.


In 1994, Joe Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; he is a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.


Joe Montana grew up in the city of Monongahela, a coal mining town 25 miles south of Pittsburgh.


Joe Montana's family were Italian-American, the name Joe Montana being an Americanized form of the surname Montani, which comes from northern Italy.


Joe Montana expressed an early interest in sports, and his father first taught him the game of football.


Joe Montana started to play youth football when he was just eight years old, aided in part by his father.


Joe Montana received his primary education at Waverly Elementary and his secondary education at Finleyville Junior High and Ringgold High School.


Joe Montana was so good that during his senior year, North Carolina State offered Montana a basketball scholarship.


Joe Montana spent his first two years on the high school football team as a backup.


Joe Montana held the role for the final two years of his high school career; after his senior year, Parade named him to their All-American team.


When Joe Montana arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 1974, the football program was coached by Ara Parseghian.


Devine did not feel Joe Montana was ready to be the full-time starter in 1975; however, Joe Montana played a key role in Notre Dame's victory over North Carolina.


Joe Montana spent one minute and two seconds of game time on the field.


Against Air Force, Notre Dame's next opponent, Joe Montana again entered the game in the fourth quarter.


That characteristic would prove valuable, and Joe Montana relied on it throughout his football career.


Joe Montana applied for and was granted a medical redshirt waiver, earning him one more year of eligibility than other members of his scholarship class.


Devine re-inserted Lisch into the game before Joe Montana finally had the opportunity to play.


Joe Montana graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in business administration and marketing.


At one combine, Joe Montana rated out as six-and-a-half overall with a six in arm strength, used to judge how hard and how far a prospect could throw the ball.


Joe Montana was the fourth quarterback taken, behind Thompson, Phil Simms, and Steve Fuller, all selected in the first round.


Joe Montana spent most of the season as the backup on the San Francisco depth chart behind starter Steve DeBerg.


Joe Montana became the starting quarterback midway through the 1980 season.


Joe Montana completed 64.5 percent of his passes, which led the league.


Joe Montana began the 1981 season as San Francisco's starting quarterback.


Joe Montana helped San Francisco win two of those games with fourth-quarter comebacks.


Joe Montana then made an off-balance pass toward the back of the end zone, and San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping catch for the game-tying touchdown.


Joe Montana completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards with one touchdown passing and one rushing touchdown.


Joe Montana set what was then an NFL record with five consecutive 300-yard passing games.


The next year, Joe Montana threw for 3,910 yards and 26 touchdowns in 16 regular season games.


Yet again, Joe Montana demonstrated his ability to perform well in high-pressure situations.


Joe Montana again had an excellent season and earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.


Joe Montana established the Super Bowl record for most yards passing in a single game and supplemented his passing with 59 yards rushing.


The injury was so severe that Joe Montana's doctors suggested that Joe Montana retire.


Joe Montana appeared in just eight games that season, and threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the only time in his career.


Joe Montana was co-recipient of the 1986 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.


In 1987, Joe Montana had 31 touchdown passes, a career-high, in just 13 games.


Joe Montana crossed the picket line during the NFLPA strike and threw five touchdowns against replacement players.


Young appeared in 11 games that year and rumors surfaced claiming that Joe Montana might be traded.


Joe Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a then-Super Bowl record 357 yards and two touchdowns.


Joe Montana threw for 3,521 yards and 26 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions, giving him what was then the highest single-season passer rating in NFL history, a mark subsequently broken by Young in 1994, and later broken again by Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts in 2004 and by Aaron Rodgers 2011 season with the Packers.


Joe Montana rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and earned the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.


Joe Montana finished with 428 yards passing and five touchdown passes in the victory.


Joe Montana threw for a total of 503 yards and 6 touchdowns in those 2 games without a single interception.


Joe Montana was named by Sports Illustrated as Sportsman of the Year.


Joe Montana missed the entire 1991 season and most of the 1992 season with an elbow injury sustained during the 1991 pre-season.


Joe Montana suited up for the final time as a 49er in the team's NFC Championship showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, though as third-string QB behind Young and Steve Bono.


Steve Young had proven his effectiveness in the two years he played while Joe Montana was injured, and many fans and players alike felt that they had made the transition to Steve Young.


Nevertheless, there was a strong sentiment that Joe Montana was the "face of the franchise" and it would be right for him to remain so.


Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on April 20,1993, and signed a $10 million contract over three years.


Joe Montana declined Dawson's and Stenerud's offers and wore 19 instead.


Joe Montana was injured for part of the 1993 season, but was still selected to his final Pro Bowl, as the Chiefs won their division for the first time in 22 years.


Joe Montana led the Chiefs in two come-from-behind wins in the 1993 playoffs.


Joe Montana returned healthy to the Chiefs in 1994, starting all but two games.


Joe Montana's highlights included a classic duel with John Elway on Monday Night Football, and a memorable game in week 2 when Montana played against his old team, the 49ers and Steve Young.


Joe Montana recalled 'Come on, Marty, I've played in four Super Bowls.


Highlights from Joe Montana's stay with San Francisco and interviews with former 49ers teammates were shown.


Joe Montana joined HRJ as a partner from 2003 to 2005, helping invest in venture capital firms, hedge funds and private-equity funds.


Joe Montana was one of five Bay Area Super Bowl MVPs to whom Super Bowl 50 was dedicated, the others being Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett, and ex-teammates Jerry Rice and Steve Young, all five of whom were accompanied to the field by Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Malcolm Smith for the conclusion of the pregame ceremonies; Joe Montana again flipped the coin on their behalf.


Joe Montana was in attendance at the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Arrowhead Stadium, supporting his former team Chiefs against the New England Patriots.


In Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Montana threw another remarkable game-winning touchdown pass at the end of a 92-yard drive with only 36 seconds left on the game clock.


Joe Montana had thirty-five 300-yard passing games including seven in which he threw for over 400 yards.


When Joe Montana retired, his career passer rating was 92.3, second only to his 49er successor Steve Young.


Joe Montana has since been surpassed by five other players, which ranks his passer rating at 7th all-time.


Joe Montana had won 100 games faster than any other quarterback until surpassed by Tom Brady in 2008.


Joe Montana held the record for most passing yards on a Monday night game with 458 against the Los Angeles Rams in 1989.


Joe Montana is second in postseason records for most games with a passer rating over 100.0, in career postseason touchdown passes, passing yards and games with 300+ passing yards.


Joe Montana tied Terry Bradshaw's record for consecutive playoff games with at least two touchdown passes, though this record has since been broken by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


Undefeated in four Super Bowl appearances, Joe Montana completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions, earning him a Super Bowl record passer rating of 127.8.


The first player ever to win three Super Bowl MVP awards, Joe Montana holds the Super Bowl record for most pass attempts without throwing an interception.


Joe Montana was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and selected All-Pro six times.


Joe Montana is the only player to have two touchdown passes of 95+ yards.


Joe Montana was called "Golden Joe" because he played in California, and appeared on a poster superimposed in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with the wording "The Golden Great".


Joe Montana liked the Gibson name so much that he had it stenciled above his locker.


Joe Montana met Jennifer Wallace, an actress and model, while the two worked on a Schick commercial; the couple married in 1985.


In 2008, Joe Montana sued ex-wife Moses and a Dallas auction house for "violating his 'copyright and privacy rights'" after Moses "sold a bunch of letters and memorabilia from [Joe Montana's] college days at Notre Dame".


Joe Montana placed his $49 million, 500-acre estate in Calistoga, California, on sale in 2009, which was reduced to $35 million in January 2012.


Joe Montana owns horses and produces wine under the label Montagia.


Joe Montana devotes his time to charitable causes, particularly the Make-A-Wish Foundation.