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Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool"[1] and "The Comeback Kid",[2] is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
and then with the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
for the final two seasons of his NFL career.[3] After winning a college national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons.[4] While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
in 2000, his first year of eligibility.[5] In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press
Associated Press
named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
magazine named Montana the 1990 "Sportsman of the Year".[6] Four years earlier, in 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.[7] Montana was elected to eight Pro Bowls, as well as being voted 1st team All-Pro by the AP in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference
National Football Conference
(NFC) five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest passer rating in the NFL.[8] Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 32 fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories. With 58 seconds left in the 1981 NFC Championship Game
NFC Championship Game
against the Dallas Cowboys, he completed a game-winning touchdown pass so memorable that it would become known simply as "The Catch". In Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals, 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. The 49ers retired the number 16, the jersey number Montana wore while with the team. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game
AFC Championship Game
in January 1994. In 1994, Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; he is also a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Montana third on their list of Football's 100 Greatest Players. Also in 1999, ESPN
ESPN
named Montana the 25th greatest athlete of the 20th century. In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number-one clutch quarterback of all time.[9]

Contents

1 Early life 2 College career

2.1 1974 2.2 1975 2.3 1976 2.4 1977 2.5 1978 2.6 Graduation and the NFL Draft

3 Professional career

3.1 San Francisco 49ers

3.1.1 1979–1980 3.1.2 1981–1983 3.1.3 1984 3.1.4 1985–1987 3.1.5 1988–1989 3.1.6 1990 3.1.7 1991–1992 3.1.8 Quarterback
Quarterback
controversy and departure

3.2 Kansas City Chiefs

3.2.1 1993–1994 3.2.2 Retirement

4 NFL records and accomplishments 5 Career statistics

5.1 NFL career statistics

6 Nicknames 7 Personal life 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Montana was born to Joseph Clifford Montana Sr. (1932–2017) and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana (1935–2004) in New Eagle, Pennsylvania,[10] a borough of Washington County located in the western portion of the state. He grew up in the city of Monongahela, a coal mining town 25 miles (40 km) south of Pittsburgh.[11] His maternal grandparents, Vincenzo "James" Bavuso and Josephine Savarino Bavuso, were both Italian immigrants. His maternal grandmother Josephine (1909–1993) emigrated from Sicily
Sicily
to the United States with her parents, Domenico Savarino (1885–1960) and Vincenza Diecidue Savarino (1885–1930), in 1921. Upon their arrival in the United States, the Savarino family first settled in eastern Ohio, in the small coal mining community of Harpersville, Smithfield Township, Jefferson County. A few years later, the family relocated to the Elm Grove area of Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. Vincenzo "James" Bavuso and Josephine Savarino married in 1928 in Wheeling and later relocated to California, Washington County in Western Pennsylvania where their children—Samuel, Dominick, Theresa (Montana's mother), Virginia and Patricia Bavuso — were born and raised. Montana expressed an early interest in sports, and it was Montana Sr. who first taught him the game of football. Montana started to play youth football when he was just eight years old, aided in part by his father. Montana Sr. listed his son as a nine-year-old so that Montana could meet the league's minimum age requirement.[12] During his formative years, Montana took an interest in baseball and basketball, in addition to football. In fact, basketball was Montana's favorite sport as a child.[13] Montana Sr. started a local basketball team that his son played on. The team practiced and played at the local armory and played their games in various regional tournaments. Montana received his primary education at Waverly Elementary and his secondary education at Finleyville Junior High (now known as Finleyville Middle School) and Ringgold High School.[13] While at Ringgold, Montana played football, baseball, and basketball.[11] Montana showed potential as a basketball player and helped Ringgold win the 1973 WPIAL Class AAA boys' basketball championship while being named an all-state player.[14] He was so good that during his senior year, North Carolina State offered Montana a basketball scholarship.[4] Although Montana turned down the scholarship, he seriously considered NCSU because of a promise that he could play both basketball and football for the university. Montana spent his first two years on the high school football team as a backup. As a junior, Montana earned the job as the Ringgold Rams' starting quarterback.[11] 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.[4] One of Montana's most notable performances during his high school years was during his junior year in a game against Monessen
Monessen
High School. Although Monessen
Monessen
scored a game-tying touchdown in the final moments,[13] Montana's performance garnered attention from college recruiters, particularly those from Notre Dame.[11] In the game, Montana completed 12 passes in 22 attempts, threw for 223 yards, and scored three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.[13] Notre Dame eventually offered Montana a scholarship, and he accepted it. One contributing factor in Montana's choice of colleges was that Terry Hanratty, his boyhood idol, had attended Notre Dame.[4] In 2006, 32 years after Montana had graduated, Ringgold High School renamed their football stadium " Joe Montana
Joe Montana
Stadium."[14] College career[edit] 1974[edit] When Montana arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 1974, the football program was coached by Ara Parseghian. Under Parseghian's tenure, Notre Dame had won the NCAA national championship in 1966 and 1973. Parseghian's success as a coach helped him recruit highly talented players. Though Montana was a talented player, under Notre Dame policy in 1974 freshmen were not permitted to practice with or play on the varsity team, and consequently Montana played only in a few freshman team games.[13] Montana's first significant contributions to the Notre Dame football team came during his sophomore year. On December 15, 1974, Parseghian resigned due to health problems.[13] The university hired Dan Devine
Dan Devine
to replace Parseghian. Despite his limited playing time the previous year, Montana performed well during the 1975 spring practice. Devine was so impressed that he later told his wife: "I'm gonna start Joe Montana
Joe Montana
in the final spring game." When she replied, "Who's Joe Montana?", Devine said: "He's the guy who's going to feed our family for the next few years."[13] 1975[edit] Devine did not feel Montana was ready to be the full-time starter in 1975;[13] however, Montana played a key role in Notre Dame's victory over North Carolina.[13] During the game, played in Chapel Hill, Montana came in with 5:11 left to play. At the time, North Carolina led by a score of 14–6. Montana spent one minute and two seconds of game time on the field. In that time, he had 129 passing yards and Notre Dame won the game, 21–14.[13] Against Air Force, Notre Dame's next opponent, Montana again entered the game in the fourth quarter. Although Air Force led 30–10, Notre Dame won the game, 31–30.[13] After the win against North Carolina, Devine said that Moose Krause, the Notre Dame Athletic Director, said that the game was the "greatest comeback I've ever seen."[13] After the game against Air Force, Krause was quoted as saying: "This one's better than last week."[13] In those two games, Montana had demonstrated his ability to perform well in high pressure circumstances. That characteristic would prove valuable, and Montana relied on it throughout his football career.[13] 1976[edit] Before the start of the 1976 season, Montana separated his shoulder,[13] and was unable to compete that year and redshirted, earning him one more year of eligibility than other members of his scholarship class. 1977[edit] When the 1977 season began, Montana was the third quarterback listed on the team's depth chart, behind Rusty Lisch and Gary Forystek.[4] Notre Dame won their season opener and then lost to Mississippi by a score of 20–13. Montana did not appear in either of those games.[15] In their third game of the season, Notre Dame played Purdue. Lisch started and was then replaced by Forystek. In one play, Forystek suffered a broken vertebra, a broken clavicle, and a severe concussion; it was the last play of Forystek's sports career.[13] Devine inserted Lisch back into the game before Montana finally had the opportunity to play. Montana entered with approximately 11 minutes remaining and Purdue leading 24-14; he threw for 154 yards and one touchdown, and Notre Dame won the game, 31–24.[13] After the game, Devine made Montana the first quarterback on the depth chart[4] and the team won their remaining nine games. In their final game of the season, Notre Dame defeated top-ranked Texas by a score of 38–10 in the Cotton Bowl.[16] Notre Dame's record of eleven wins and one loss earned them the NCAA national title, the only title the school won while Devine was head coach. 1978[edit] The following year, Montana helped Notre Dame to a come-from-behind win against the Pitt Panthers. He almost pulled off a second one against USC, Notre Dame's primary rival. Trailing 24–6 in the second half, Montana led a fourth-quarter rally to put Notre Dame ahead, 25–24 with 45 seconds remaining, only to see the Trojans win, 27–25, on a last-second field goal. On January 1, 1979, Notre Dame returned to the Cotton Bowl, this time against Houston. Montana's performance in the 1979 Cotton Bowl, which came to be known as the "Chicken Soup Game", is one of the most celebrated of his entire football career.[13][17] During the second quarter, Montana had to fight off hypothermia as his body temperature dropped to 96 degrees. When the second half began with Houston up 20–12, Montana stayed in the locker room, where Notre Dame medical staff gave him warmed intravenous fluids, covered him in blankets, and most famously, fed him chicken soup.[18] Montana returned to the field late in the third quarter with Houston leading 34-12.[18] Montana led the Irish to three touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the game, the final one coming as time expired, and Notre Dame won the game 35–34.[19][20] To commemorate the game, Notre Dame produced a promotional film titled Seven and a Half Minutes to Destiny, which Coach Devine later referred to as a " Joe Montana
Joe Montana
film."[13] Graduation and the NFL Draft[edit] Montana graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in business administration and marketing. Although the NFL Combine
NFL Combine
was not formed until 1982, NFL scouts still evaluated potential draftees through the use of combines in 1979. Candidates were rated in a number of categories on a scale of one to nine, with one being the worst mark and nine being the best mark.[13] The categories they used were contingent on the position that the athlete played.[21] Despite his performance on the field, Montana was not rated highly by most scouts. At one combine, 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. By comparison, Jack Thompson of Washington State rated an eight, the highest grade among eligible quarterbacks.[13] In the 1979 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
selected Montana at the end of the third round with the 82nd overall pick.[22] Montana was the fourth quarterback taken, behind Thompson, Phil Simms, and Steve Fuller, all selected in the first round. Professional career[edit] San Francisco 49ers[edit] 1979–1980[edit] Although Montana appeared in all 16 regular season games during the 1979 season, he only threw 23 passes.[23] He spent most of the season as the backup on the San Francisco depth chart behind starter Steve DeBerg. Montana became the starting quarterback midway through the 1980 season.[24] On December 7, 1980, San Francisco hosted the winless New Orleans Saints. The Saints took a 35–7 lead at halftime. At the start of the fourth quarter, New Orleans still led by a score of 35–21, but San Francisco tied the game by the end of regulation play. In overtime, Ray Wersching kicked a field goal to win the game for San Francisco, 38–35. This marked the first fourth quarter comeback victory in Montana's NFL career. During his 16 seasons in the NFL, this happened a total of 31 times with Montana at quarterback; 26 of those coming as a 49er.[25] Though San Francisco finished 1980 with a record of 6–10, Montana passed for 1,795 yards and 15 touchdown passes against nine interceptions. He also completed 64.5 percent of his passes, which led the league. 1981–1983[edit] Montana began the 1981 season as San Francisco's starting quarterback. The season ended up as one of the franchise's most successful seasons to that point. Backed in part by Montana's strong performance at quarterback, the team finished the regular season with a 13–3 record. Montana helped San Francisco win two of those games with fourth-quarter comebacks. The season was a precursor to one of Montana's most memorable moments as a professional quarterback.[26] Main article: The Catch (American football) On January 10, 1982, San Francisco faced the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
as 3 point home underdogs at Candlestick Park
Candlestick Park
in the National Football Conference Championship Game. The final quarter was marked by one of the most notable plays in NFL history. Larry Schwartz of ESPN.com later defined the 1981 NFC Championship as Montana's signature game.[12] When San Francisco took possession with 4:54 left in regulation play, Dallas led 27–21; the drive began on San Francisco's 11-yard line. Behind six successful Montana completions and four running plays, San Francisco moved the ball to the Dallas 13-yard line. After one unsuccessful pass and then a seven-yard gain, San Francisco faced third down from the Dallas 6-yard line. Montana took the snap and ran to his right. He 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. With just 51 seconds left on the game clock, Wersching kicked the extra point and San Francisco won the game 28–27. The reception by Clark was coined simply The Catch, and it put San Francisco into Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XVI. San Francisco faced the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XVI. Montana completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards with one touchdown passing and one rushing touchdown. San Francisco won the game 26–21, and in recognition of his performance, Montana won the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Most Valuable Player Award, which he accomplished two more times before he retired. The Super Bowl
Super Bowl
win also made Montana one of only two quarterbacks (along with Joe Namath) to win a college national championship and a Super Bowl. Montana, at 25 years, 227 days, was one day older than Namath had been at the time of his first Super Bowl, making him the second-youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl
Super Bowl
up to that time. Montana had a prolific season in 1982. However, the regular season was shortened to nine games when members of the Player's Association went on strike. Although San Francisco failed to make the playoffs, Montana threw for 2,613 yards and 17 touchdowns during the year. He also set what was then an NFL record with five consecutive 300-yard passing games. Because the 49ers missed the playoffs, the team seriously considered trading him to the Baltimore Colts for the rights to the first overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft
NFL Draft
(and thus, the rights to draft Stanford quarterback John Elway), but the 49ers reconsidered and ultimately traded their 1st round pick to the San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
(used on Billy Ray Smith Jr.) weeks before the draft.[27] The next year, Montana threw for 3,910 yards and 26 touchdowns in 16 regular season games. The team ended the regular season with a 10–6 record and finished first in the NFC West. In the divisional playoff game, they faced the Detroit Lions. Yet again, Montana demonstrated his ability to perform well in high-pressure situations. Despite being out-played in terms of total yardage, the 49ers trailed by just six points as the game neared its conclusion. With 1:23 remaining in regulation, the 49ers offense had the ball at the Lions 14-yard line and Montana completed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Freddie Solomon, giving San Francisco the lead on the ensuing extra-point.[28] The victory placed the 49ers in the NFC Championship game against the Washington Redskins. As he had done before, Montana asserted himself late in the game. The Redskins led 21–0 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Montana helped lead the 49ers back. Aided by three fourth-quarter Montana touchdown passes, the 49ers tied the game at 21. However, Redskins placekicker Mark Moseley
Mark Moseley
kicked a 25-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game. Despite Montana's efforts, the team lost, 24–21. 1984[edit]

Montana pictured with the 49ers in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIX.

Though the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
finished the 1972 NFL season with no losses, the regular season at the time comprised only 14 games. Thus, when the 49ers finished the 1984 NFL season with a 15–1 record, they became the first team to win 15 games in a single season.[29] Montana again had an excellent season and earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. In their first two playoff games, the 49ers defeated the New York Giants
New York Giants
and the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
by a combined score of 44–10. In Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIX, the 49ers faced the Dolphins, whose quarterback was Dan Marino. In the game, Montana threw for three touchdowns and completed 24 of 35 passes. He established the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
record for most yards passing in a single game (331) and supplemented his passing with 59 yards rushing. The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 38-16 and Montana earned his second Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVP award. After the game, 49ers head coach Bill Walsh said: " Joe Montana
Joe Montana
is the greatest quarterback today, maybe the greatest quarterback of all time."[24] 1985–1987[edit] Aided in part by Montana's performance at quarterback, the 49ers advanced to the NFL Playoffs
NFL Playoffs
again in 1985; however, they lost in the NFC Wild card game to the New York Giants. In 1986, Montana suffered a severe back injury during week one of the season. The injury was to a spinal disc in Montana's lower back and required immediate surgery. The injury was so severe that Montana's doctors suggested that Montana retire.[30] On September 15, 1986, the 49ers placed Montana on the injured reserve list; however, he returned to the team on November 6 of that year.[31] In his first game back from injury Montana passed for 270 yards and three touchdown passes in a 43–17 49er victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. Montana appeared in just eight games that season, and threw more interceptions than touchdown passes for the only time in his career.[31] The 49ers finished the season with a record of 10–5–1. Montana was co-recipient (with Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
quarterback Tommy Kramer) of the 1986 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. In 1987, Montana had 31 touchdown passes, a career-high, in just 13 games. Montana crossed the picket line during the NFLPA
NFLPA
strike and threw five touchdowns against replacement players. In 1987, he also set the NFL record for most consecutive pass attempts without an incomplete pass (22),[32] passed for 3,054 yards, and had a passer rating of 102.1.[33] Though the 49ers finished with the best record in the NFL, they lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings.[34] Prior to the 1987 season, Bill Walsh completed a trade for Steve Young, then a quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[35] Young went on to appear in eight regular season games for the team and finished the year with a passer rating of 120.8.[36] 1988–1989[edit] Young's performance in 1987 was strong enough that by the time the 1988 season began, a controversy was in place as to who should get more playing time at quarterback. Young appeared in 11 games that year and rumors surfaced claiming that Montana might be traded.[32] Despite the competition for playing time, Montana received most of the playing time during the 1988 season. After a home loss to the Los Angeles Raiders that left the 49ers with a 6–5 record, the 49ers were in danger of missing the playoffs. Montana regained the starting position and led the 49ers to a 10–6 record and the NFC Western Division title.[37] The 49ers earned a trip to Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
and the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
in the playoffs. In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, the 49ers faced Minnesota, who had eliminated them the year before. Montana threw three first-half touchdowns as the 49ers won, 34–9. The victory over the Bears in the NFC Championship game is of particular note. Played at Soldier Field
Soldier Field
in Chicago, with temperatures in the single digits (fahrenheit) and a strong wind, Montana threw for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. His first touchdown pass came on a 3rd down play late in the first quarter in which Montana threw a perfect sideline pass to Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
and Rice outran two Bears defenders for a 61-yard score. The 49ers won 28–3 to advance to Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII.[37] In January 1989, the 49ers again faced the Bengals in the Super Bowl. Of his third trip to the Super Bowl, Montana told the San Jose Mercury News: "This trip to the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
is more gratifying than the others because the road has been harder." Then, in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII, Montana had one of the best performances of his career. He completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl
Super Bowl
record 357 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his great performance, the 49ers found themselves trailing the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
16–13 with only 3:20 left in the game and the ball on their own 8-yard line. But Montana calmly drove them down the field, completing 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards and throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to John Taylor with only 34 seconds left.[38] 1989 proved to be successful for Montana and the 49ers. The team finished the regular season with an NFL-best 14–2 record,[39] and their two losses were by a total of only five points. 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 Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
quarterback Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
in 2004 and by Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
during his record-breaking 2011 season. He also rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and earned the NFL Most Valuable Player
NFL Most Valuable Player
Award. In a memorable comeback win in week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Montana threw four touchdown passes in the 4th quarter. He finished with 428 yards passing and five touchdown passes in the victory. The 49ers were successful in the playoffs, easily beating the Minnesota Vikings 41–13 and the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
30–3. Montana threw for a total of 503 yards and 6 touchdowns in those 2 games, without a single interception. Then, in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIV, Montana became the first player ever to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVP honors for a third time, throwing for 297 yards and a then Super Bowl
Super Bowl
record five touchdowns, while also rushing for 15 yards as the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
55–10, the highest single team and most lopsided score in Super Bowl history.[40] 1990[edit] In 1990, Montana once again led the 49ers to the best regular season record (14–2) in the NFL.[41] He was named by Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
as Sportsman of the Year. A highlight from the season was a rematch with the Atlanta Falcons. Intent on blitzing Montana most of the game, Atlanta's defense allowed Montana to throw for a career-best 476 yards (49ers single-game record) and six touchdown passes, five of them to Jerry Rice. He would end up throwing for 3,944 yards and 26 touchdowns, albeit while also throwing a career-high 16 interceptions.[42] The 49ers looked forward to becoming the first NFL team to win three consecutive Super Bowls, and they moved through the playoffs to the NFC Championship Game
NFC Championship Game
to face the New York Giants. The 49ers defense was able to hold backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler
Jeff Hostetler
and the Giants without a touchdown, but the tide of the game changed when Montana was sacked by Leonard Marshall
Leonard Marshall
while rolling out of the quarterback pocket; he was injured and left the game, which the Giants won, 15–13, on the last of five Giants field goals, which was set up by a fumble from 49ers running back Roger Craig.[citation needed] It would be Montana's next-to-last appearance in a 49er uniform.[citation needed] 1991–1992[edit] Montana missed the entire 1991 season and most of the 1992 season with an elbow injury sustained during the 1991 pre-season. In the final game of the 1992 regular season; a Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
matchup against the Detroit Lions, Montana stepped in and played the entire second half. Despite missing nearly two full seasons, Montana proved to be very effective, sealing the victory with "insurance points".[43] By this time, however, Steve Young
Steve Young
had established himself as a starter, and took over for the playoffs. Though it was not known at the time, Montana would not see another snap in a 49er uniform. He 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. Quarterback
Quarterback
controversy and departure[edit] With Montana healthy and ready to play, a quarterback controversy soon emerged. Steve Young
Steve Young
had proven his effectiveness in the two years he played while Montana was injured, and many fans and players alike felt that they had made the transition to Steve Young. Furthermore, Young did not want to play if he was used only as a backup.[44] But there was also a strong sentiment that Montana was the "face of the franchise" and it would be right for him to remain so. A rift in the locker room developed, and Montana ultimately requested a trade.[45] Although Young eventually led the team to another Super Bowl
Super Bowl
victory, he was never able to play without being reminded of being in the shadow of the player he replaced.[46] Kansas City Chiefs[edit] 1993–1994[edit] Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
in April 1993. His trade, along with the free-agent signing of star Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen
Marcus Allen
to the Chiefs, generated much media attention and excitement in Kansas City. The Chiefs mailed three jerseys to Montana. One was number 3, his number from Notre Dame which the Chiefs had retired in honor of Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud, who offered to let him wear it. Another was number 19, which he wore in youth football and also briefly in training camp of the 1979 season with San Francisco, and the third was number 16, which Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson
Len Dawson
offered to let Montana wear since the organization had retired it. Montana declined Dawson's and Stenerud's offers and wore 19 instead and signed a $10 million contract over three years. Montana was injured for part of the 1993 season, but was still selected to his final Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
and led the Chiefs in two come-from-behind wins in the 1993 playoffs, reaching the AFC Championship Game where Kansas City lost to the Buffalo Bills. In their Wild Card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he threw a 7-yard fourth down touchdown pass to send the game into overtime. Then against the Houston Oilers, he led the team to 28 second half points, including three touchdown passes to earn the 29th fourth quarter comeback win of his career. Including their two playoff victories that year (the Chiefs only had one prior playoff win since 1970 Super Bowl IV), the 1993 Chiefs won 13 games, tying the franchise record for wins in a season. Montana returned healthy to the Chiefs in 1994, starting all but two games. His highlights included a classic duel with John Elway
John Elway
(which Montana won, 31–28) on Monday Night Football, and a memorable game in week 2 when Montana played against his old team, the 49ers and Steve Young. In a much-anticipated match-up, Montana and the Chiefs prevailed and defeated the 49ers, 24–17. Montana led his team to a final playoff appearance in 1994. Retirement[edit]

Montana at the California Museum Hall of Fame on March 21, 2013

On April 18, 1995, Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza
Justin Herman Plaza
in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr, and others. Highlights from Montana's stay with San Francisco and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Montana's replacement with the Chiefs was his former backup in San Francisco, Steve Bono. Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss. He would also be one of five Bay Area Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVPs to whom Super Bowl
Super Bowl
50 was dedicated, the others being Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett and ex-teammates Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
and Steve Young, all five of whom were accompanied to the field by Drew Brees, Eli Manning
Eli Manning
and Malcolm Smith for the conclusion of the pregame ceremonies; Montana again flipped the coin on their behalf. NFL records and accomplishments[edit] Among his career highlights, "The Catch" (the game-winning touchdown pass vs. Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship Game) and a Super Bowl-winning 92-yard drive against the Bengals in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII are staples of NFL highlight films. For his career with the 49ers, Montana completed 2,929 of 4,600 passes for 35,142 yards with 244 touchdowns and 123 interceptions. He had 35 300-yard passing games including 7 in which he threw for over 400 yards. His career totals: 3,409 completions on 5,391 attempts, 273 touchdowns, 139 interceptions, and 40,551 yards passing. He also rushed for 1,676 yards and 20 touchdowns. When Montana retired, his career passer rating was 92.3, second only to his 49er successor Steve Young (96.8). He has since been surpassed by five other players, which ranks his passer rating at 7th all-time. Montana also had won 100 games faster than any other quarterback until surpassed by Tom Brady in 2008.[47] His record as a starter was 117-47. His number 16 was retired by the 49ers on December 15, 1997, during halftime of the team's game against the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
on Monday Night Football. Montana also held the record for most passing yards on a Monday night game with 458 against the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
in 1989. Montana holds postseason records for most games with a passer rating over 100.0 (12) and is second in career postseason touchdown passes (45), passing yards (5,772) and games with 300+ passing yards (6, tied with Kurt Warner). He also tied Terry Bradshaw's record for consecutive playoff games with at least two touchdown passes (7), though this record has since been broken by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.[48] In his four Super Bowls, Montana completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions, earning him a passer rating of 127.8. Montana led his team to victory in each game, and was the first player ever to win three Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVP awards. Montana also held the record for most Super Bowl
Super Bowl
pass completions (83) and still holds the record for pass attempts (122) without throwing an interception. He was selected to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
eight times and selected All-Pro six times.[42] He is also the only player to have two touchdown passes of 95+ yards.[49] Montana was listed at #4 on the NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players with teammate Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
at #1.[50] Career statistics[edit]

NCAA career stats

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Season Passing Rushing

Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD

1975 27 66 509 42.4 4 8 102.7 7 −5 −0.7 2

1976 Did not play – injured

1977 99 189 1,604 52.4 11 8 134.4 9 32 3.6 6

1978 141 260 2,010 54.2 10 9 124.9 72 104 1.4 6

Totals 268 515 4,121 52.0 25 25 125.6 88 131 1.49 14

Legend

Led the league

NFL record

Won the Super Bowl

AP NFL MVP

Bold Career high

NFL career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Long Rate

San Francisco 49ers

1979 SF 16 23 13 56.5 96 1 0 18 81.1

1980 SF 15 273 176 64.5 1,795 15 9 71T 87.8

1981 SF 16 488 311 63.7 3,565 19 12 78T 88.4

1982 SF 9 346 213 61.6 2,613 17 11 55 88.0

1983 SF 16 515 332 64.5 3,910 26 12 77T 94.6

1984 SF 16 432 279 64.6 3,630 28 10 80T 102.9

1985 SF 15 494 303 61.3 3,653 27 13 73 91.3

1986 SF 8 307 191 62.2 2,236 8 9 48 80.7

1987 SF 14 398 266 66.8 3,054 31 13 57T 102.1

1988 SF 14 397 238 59.9 2,981 18 10 96T 87.9

1989 SF 13 386 271 70.2 3,521 26 8 95T 112.4

1990 SF 15 520 321 61.7 3,944 26 16 78T 89.0

1991 SF 0 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 —

1992 SF 1 21 15 71.4 126 2 0 17 118.4

Kansas City Chiefs

1993 KC 11 298 181 60.7 2,144 13 7 50T 87.4

1994 KC 14 493 299 60.6 3,283 16 9 57T 83.6

Totals 192 5,391 3,409 63.2 40,551 273 139 96T 92.3

Super Bowl
Super Bowl
statistics

Super Bowl Comp Att Pct Yards TDs INTs Rate Result

XVI 14 22 63.6 157 1 0 100.0 W 26–21

XIX 24 35 68.6 331 3 0 127.2 W 38–16

XXIII 23 36 63.9 357 2 0 115.2 W 20–16

XXIV 22 29 75.9 297 5 0 147.6 W 55–10

Totals 83 122 68.0 1,142 11 0 127.8 W/L record 4–0

Nicknames[edit] Montana is an Americanized
Americanized
form of the surname Montani, which comes from northern Italy.[51] Montana earned the nickname "Joe Cool" for his ability to stay calm at key moments, and "Comeback Kid" for his history of rallying his teams from late-game deficits. His teammates in San Francisco called him "Bird Legs"[52][53] due to his very thin legs and small calves. He was called "Golden Joe" because he played in California (the Golden State), and also appeared on a poster superimposed in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
with the wording "The Golden Great."[54] Two more names were provided by a San Francisco Chronicle nickname contest early in his NFL career: the winner was "Big Sky", but another contestant suggested that since "Joe Montana" already sounded like a nickname, Montana needed a real name, and christened him "David W. Gibson."[55] Montana liked the Gibson name so much that he had it stenciled above his locker.[56] Montana appears as the character "Joe Clifford" (pseudonym derived from his first and middle names) in the NFL Network's Joe's Diner television spots.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Montana has been married three times. In 1974, he wed his hometown sweetheart, Kim Moses, during his second semester at Notre Dame; they divorced three years later.[13] In 1981, he married Cass Castillo; they divorced in 1984.[57] He met Jennifer Wallace, an actress and model, while the two worked on a Schick commercial; the couple married in 1985. They have four children: Alexandra Whitney (b. October 10, 1985), Elizabeth Jean (b. December 20, 1986), Nathaniel "Nate" Joseph (b. October 3, 1989), and Nicholas Alexander (b. April 28, 1992). Both of his sons played football for De La Salle High School. Nate became an undrafted free agent from West Virginia Wesleyan
West Virginia Wesleyan
(after transferring from Notre Dame and the University of Montana), as did Nick, undrafted free agent from Tulane University
Tulane University
(having transferred from the University of Washington
University of Washington
and Mt. San Antonio College). In 2008, 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 [Montana's] college days at Notre Dame."[58] In 1986, doctors diagnosed Montana as having a narrow spinal cavity. He elected to have an operation, which was successful, and was able to return to football and continue his career.[59] Montana resides in San Francisco, California.[60] He placed his $49 million, 500-acre (2.0 km2) estate in Calistoga, California, on sale in 2009, which was reduced to $35 million in January 2012.[61] He now owns horses and produces wine under the label Montagia.[62] The town of Ismay, Montana, unofficially took the name of Joe, Montana, as a publicity stunt coordinated by the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
in 1993. In 2002, the Mingo Creek Viaduct
Mingo Creek Viaduct
was built, officially named the Joe Montana Bridges. It carries Pennsylvania Route 43
Pennsylvania Route 43
over Mingo Creek, Pennsylvania Route 88, and the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, close to Ringgold High School, where he played football and basketball. See also[edit]

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame History of Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
quarterbacks List of NFL quarterbacks who have passed for 400 or more yards in a game List of NFL quarterbacks who have posted a perfect passer rating List of quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl
Super Bowl
wins List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

Cartier Cusack E. Coady P. Coady Zeitler Dinkel Walsh Hering Waters Fleming McDonald Diebold McGlew Silver Bracken Ryan Hamilton Dorais Bergman Phelan Mohn Bahan Brandy Grant Thomas Stuhldreher Edwards Riley Brady Carideo Jaskwhich Bonar Fromhart Puplis Sitko Hargrave Bertelli Dancewicz Lujack Tripucka B. Williams Mazur Guglielmi Hornung R. Williams Izo Haffner Lamonica Budka Huarte Zloch Hanratty Theismann Steenberge Etter Brown Clements Slager Montana Lisch Courey B. Kiel Beuerlein Andrysiak Rice Mirer McDougal Powlus Jackson Battle Godsey LoVecchio Holiday Dillingham Quinn Jones Clausen Sharpley Crist Rees Golson Zaire Kizer Wimbush Book

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
starting quarterbacks

Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
(1946–1952) Y. A. Tittle
Y. A. Tittle
(1951–1960) Jim Powers (1953) Jim Cason (1954) Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall
(1956) John Brodie
John Brodie
(1957–1973) Lamar McHan (1963) Bob Waters (1963) George Mira
George Mira
(1964–1967) Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
(1967, 1969, 1972–1973, 1975) Joe Reed (1973–1974) Tom Owen (1974–1975) Dennis Morrison (1974) Norm Snead (1974–1975) Jim Plunkett (1976–1977) Scott Bull (1976, 1978) Steve DeBerg (1978–1980) Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(1979–1990) Matt Cavanaugh
Matt Cavanaugh
(1984–1985) Jeff Kemp (1986) Mike Moroski (1986) Steve Young
Steve Young
(1987–1999) Bob Gagliano (1987) Steve Bono
Steve Bono
(1991) Elvis Grbac
Elvis Grbac
(1995–1996) Jim Druckenmiller (1997) Ty Detmer
Ty Detmer
(1998) Steve Stenstrom (1999) Jeff Garcia
Jeff Garcia
(1999–2003) Tim Rattay (2003–2005) Ken Dorsey
Ken Dorsey
(2004–2005) Alex Smith
Alex Smith
(2005–2007, 2009–2012) Cody Pickett
Cody Pickett
(2005) Trent Dilfer
Trent Dilfer
(2007) Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill
(2007–2009) Chris Weinke (2007) J. T. O'Sullivan
J. T. O'Sullivan
(2008) Troy Smith
Troy Smith
(2010) Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick
(2012–2016) Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert
(2015–2016) Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer
(2017) C. J. Beathard
C. J. Beathard
(2017) Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo
(2017–present)

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Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
starting quarterbacks

Cotton Davidson
Cotton Davidson
(1960–1961) Hunter Enis (1960) Randy Duncan (1961) Len Dawson
Len Dawson
(1962–1975) Eddie Wilson (1963) Pete Beathard (1965) Jacky Lee (1968–1969) Mike Livingston (1969–1979) Tony Adams (1975, 1977–1978) Steve Fuller (1979–1982) Bill Kenney (1980–1988) Todd Blackledge (1984–1987) Matt Stevens (1987) Frank Seurer (1987) Doug Hudson (1987) Steve DeBerg (1988–1991) Ron Jaworski
Ron Jaworski
(1989) Steve Pelluer (1989) Mark Vlasic (1991) Dave Krieg (1992–1993) Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(1993–1994) Steve Bono
Steve Bono
(1994–1996) Rich Gannon
Rich Gannon
(1996–1998) Elvis Grbac
Elvis Grbac
(1997–2000) Warren Moon
Warren Moon
(2000) Trent Green
Trent Green
(2001–2006) Damon Huard
Damon Huard
(2006–2008) Brodie Croyle
Brodie Croyle
(2007–2010) Tyler Thigpen
Tyler Thigpen
(2008) Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel
(2009–2012) Tyler Palko (2011) Kyle Orton
Kyle Orton
(2011) Brady Quinn
Brady Quinn
(2012) Alex Smith
Alex Smith
(2013–present) Chase Daniel
Chase Daniel
(2013–2014) Nick Foles
Nick Foles
(2016) Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Mahomes II
(2017)

Joe Montana—awards, championships, and honors

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1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football—consensus national champions

Luther Bradley Ross Browner Mike Courey Vagas Ferguson Willie Fry Bob Golic Kris Haines Dave Huffman Bobby Leopold Rusty Lisch Ken MacAfee Joe Montana Dave Waymer

Head coach: Dan Devine

Assistant coaches: Jim Johnson Merv Johnson Hank Kuhlmann Francis Peay Ron Toman Joe Yonto

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
1979 NFL draft selections

James Owens Joe Montana Tom Seabron Jerry Aldridge Ruben Vaughan Phil Francis Steve Hamilton Dwight Clark Howard Ballage Billy McBride

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PFW/PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award

1972: Morrall 1973: Gabriel 1974: Namath 1975: Hampton 1976: Landry 1977: Morton 1978: Riggins 1979: Csonka 1980: Plunkett 1981: Anderson 1982: Alzado 1983: B. Johnson 1984: Stallworth 1985: No Selection 1986: Montana & Kramer 1987: White 1988: Bell 1989: Anderson 1990: Word 1991: McMahon 1992: Cunningham 1993: Allen 1994: Marino 1995: Harbaugh 1996: Bettis 1997: Brooks 1998: Flutie 1999: Young 2000: J. Johnson 2001: Hearst 2002: Maddox 2003: Kitna 2004: McGahee 2005: Smith 2006: Pennington 2007: Moss 2008: Pennington 2009: Brady 2010: Vick 2011: Stafford 2012: Peterson 2013: Rivers 2014: Gronkowski 2015: Berry 2016: Nelson 2017: Allen

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Associated Press
Associated Press
NFL Most Valuable Player
NFL Most Valuable Player
Award winners

1957: J. Brown 1958: J. Brown 1959: Unitas 1960: Van Brocklin 1961: Hornung 1962: J. Taylor 1963: Tittle 1964: Unitas 1965: J. Brown 1966: Starr 1967: Unitas 1968: Morrall 1969: Gabriel 1970: Brodie 1971: Page 1972: L. Brown 1973: Simpson 1974: Stabler 1975: Tarkenton 1976: Jones 1977: Payton 1978: Bradshaw 1979: Campbell 1980: Sipe 1981: Anderson 1982: Moseley 1983: Theismann 1984: Marino 1985: Allen 1986: L. Taylor 1987: Elway 1988: Esiason 1989: Montana 1990: Montana 1991: Thomas 1992: Young 1993: Smith 1994: Young 1995: Favre 1996: Favre 1997: Favre & Sanders 1998: Davis 1999: Warner 2000: Faulk 2001: Warner 2002: Gannon 2003: Manning & McNair 2004: Manning 2005: Alexander 2006: Tomlinson 2007: Brady 2008: Manning 2009: Manning 2010: Brady 2011: Rodgers 2012: Peterson 2013: Manning 2014: Rodgers 2015: Newton 2016: Ryan 2017: Brady

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Associated Press
Associated Press
NFL Offensive Player of the Year
NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Award winners

1972: Brown 1973: Simpson 1974: Stabler 1975: Tarkenton 1976: Jones 1977: Payton 1978: Campbell 1979: Campbell 1980: Campbell 1981: Anderson 1982: Fouts 1983: Theismann 1984: Marino 1985: Allen 1986: Dickerson 1987: Rice 1988: Craig 1989: Montana 1990: Moon 1991: Thomas 1992: Young 1993: Rice 1994: Sanders 1995: Favre 1996: Davis 1997: Sanders 1998: Davis 1999: Faulk 2000: Faulk 2001: Faulk 2002: Holmes 2003: Lewis 2004: Manning 2005: Alexander 2006: Tomlinson 2007: Brady 2008: Brees 2009: Johnson 2010: Brady 2011: Brees 2012: Peterson 2013: Manning 2014: Murray 2015: Newton 2016: Ryan 2017: Gurley

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Bert Bell Award winners

1959: Unitas 1960: Van Brocklin 1961: Hornung 1962: Robustelli 1963: J. Brown 1964: Unitas 1965: Retzlaff 1966: Meredith 1967: Unitas 1968: Kelly 1969: Gabriel 1970: Blanda 1971: Staubach 1972: L. Brown 1973: Simpson 1974: Olsen 1975: Tarkenton 1976: Stabler 1977: Griese 1978: Bradshaw 1979: Campbell 1980: Jaworski 1981: Anderson 1982: Theismann 1983: Riggins 1984: Marino 1985: Payton 1986: Taylor 1987: Rice 1988: Cunningham 1989: Montana 1990: Cunningham 1991: Sanders 1992: Young 1993: Smith 1994: Young 1995: Favre 1996: Favre 1997: Sanders 1998: Cunningham 1999: Warner 2000: Gannon 2001: Faulk 2002: Gannon 2003: Manning 2004: Manning 2005: Alexander 2006: Tomlinson 2007: Brady 2008: Peterson 2009: Brees 2010: Vick 2011: Rodgers 2012: Peterson 2013: Manning 2014: Watt 2015: Newton 2016: Ryan 2017: Wentz

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XVI champions

3 Jim Miller 7 Guy Benjamin 14 Ray Wersching 16 Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(MVP) 20 Amos Lawrence 21 Eric Wright 22 Dwight Hicks 24 Rick Gervais 27 Carlton Williamson 28 Lynn Thomas 29 Saladin Martin 30 Bill Ring 31 Walt Easley 32 Ricky Patton 33 Ricky Churchman 35 Lenvil Elliott 36 Paul Hofer 38 Johnny Davis 40 Arrington Jones 42 Ronnie Lott 49 Earl Cooper 50 Terry Tautolo 50 Jim Looney 51 Randy Cross 52 Bobby Leopold 53 Milt McColl 54 Craig Puki 56 Fred Quillan 57 Dan Bunz 58 Keena Turner 59 Willie Harper 60 John Choma 61 Dan Audick 62 Walt Downing 64 Jack Reynolds 65 Lawrence Pillers 66 Allan Kennedy 68 John Ayers 71 Keith Fahnhorst 74 Fred Dean 75 John Harty 76 Dwaine Board 77 Pete Kugler 78 Archie Reese 79 Jim Stuckey 80 Eason Ramson 81 Matt Bouza 82 Brian Peets 84 Mike Shumann 85 Mike Wilson 86 Charle Young 87 Dwight Clark 88 Freddie Solomon

Head coach Bill Walsh

Coaches Cas Banaszek Norb Hecker Milt Jackson Billie Matthews Bobb McKittrick Bill McPherson Ray Rhodes George Seifert Chuck Studley Sam Wyche

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIX champions

4 Max Runager 6 Matt Cavanaugh 14 Ray Wersching 16 Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(MVP) 19 Tom Orosz 21 Eric Wright 22 Dwight Hicks 24 Derrick Harmon 26 Wendell Tyler 27 Carlton Williamson 28 Tom Holmoe 29 Mario Clark 30 Bill Ring 32 Carl Monroe 33 Roger Craig 42 Ronnie Lott 43 Dana McLemore 49 Jeff Fuller 50 Riki Ellison 51 Randy Cross 52 Blanchard Montgomery 53 Milt McColl 54 Ron Ferrari 55 Jim Fahnhorst 56 Fred Quillan 57 Dan Bunz 58 Keena Turner 61 Jesse Sapolu 62 Guy McIntyre 64 Jack Reynolds 65 Lawrence Pillers 66 Allan Kennedy 67 Billy Shields 67 John Macaulay 68 John Ayers 71 Keith Fahnhorst 72 Jeff Stover 74 Fred Dean 76 Dwaine Board 77 Bubba Paris 78 Manu Tuiasosopo 79 Jim Stuckey 81 Russ Francis 83 Renaldo Nehemiah 84 Al Dixon 85 Mike Wilson 86 John Frank 87 Dwight Clark 88 Freddie Solomon 89 Earl Cooper 90 Todd Shell 94 Louie Kelcher 95 Michael Carter 97 Gary Johnson 98 Greg Boyd 99 Mike Walter

Head coach Bill Walsh

Coaches Paul Hackett Tommy Hart Norb Hecker Sherman Lewis Bobb McKittrick Bill McPherson George Seifert Ray Rhodes Fred von Appen

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIII champions

4 Max Runager 6 Mike Cofer 8 Steve Young 9 Barry Helton 15 John Paye 16 Joe Montana 20 Tory Nixon 21 Eric Wright 22 Tim McKyer 24 Harry Sydney 25 Doug DuBose 26 Darryl Pollard 29 Don Griffin 31 Chet Brooks 32 Terrence Flagler 33 Roger Craig 35 Del Rodgers 38 Greg Cox 42 Ronnie Lott 44 Tom Rathman 46 Tom Holmoe 49 Jeff Fuller 50 Riki Ellison 51 Randy Cross 53 Bill Romanowski 54 Ron Hadley 55 Jim Fahnhorst 57 Sam Kennedy 58 Keena Turner 60 Chuck Thomas 61 Jesse Sapolu 62 Guy McIntyre 65 Jeff Bregel 67 Pete Kugler 69 Bruce Collie 72 Jeff Stover 74 Steve Wallace 75 Kevin Fagan 76 Dwaine Board 77 Bubba Paris 78 Pierce Holt 79 Harris Barton 80 Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
(MVP) 82 John Taylor 83 Terry Greer 84 Brent Jones 85 Mike Wilson 86 John Frank 88 Calvin Nicholas 89 Ron Heller 91 Larry Roberts 92 Kevin Lilly 94 Charles Haley 95 Michael Carter 96 Danny Stubbs 97 Doug Mikolas 99 Michael Walter

Head coach: Bill Walsh

Coaches: Dennis Green Tommy Hart Mike Holmgren Sherman Lewis Bobb McKittrick Bill McPherson Ray Rhodes George Seifert Lynn Stiles Fred von Appen

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIV champions

6 Mike Cofer 8 Steve Young 9 Barry Helton 13 Steve Bono 16 Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(MVP) 21 Eric Wright 22 Tim McKyer 23 Spencer Tillman 24 Harry Sydney 26 Darryl Pollard 27 Mike Richardson 30 Keith Henderson 31 Chet Brooks 32 Terrence Flagler 33 Roger Craig 40 Johnnie Jackson 42 Ronnie Lott 44 Tom Rathman 46 Tom Holmoe 49 Jeff Fuller 50 Riki Ellison 53 Bill Romanowski 54 Matt Millen 55 Jim Fahnhorst 56 Steve Hendrickson 58 Keena Turner 59 Keith DeLong 60 Chuck Thomas 61 Jesse Sapolu 62 Guy McIntyre 63 Jim Burt 64 Rollin Putzier 65 Jeff Bregel 66 Terry Tausch 67 Pete Kugler 69 Bruce Collie 74 Steve Wallace 75 Kevin Fagan 77 Bubba Paris 78 Pierce Holt 79 Harris Barton 80 Jerry Rice 81 Jamie Williams 82 John Taylor 83 Terry Greer 84 Brent Jones 85 Mike Wilson 86 Mike Barber 88 Mike Sherrard 89 Wesley Walls 91 Larry Roberts 92 Kevin Lilly 94 Charles Haley 95 Michael Carter 96 Danny Stubbs 98 Antonio Goss 99 Michael Walter

Head coach: George Seifert

Coaches: Tommy Hart Mike Holmgren Sherman Lewis Bobb McKittrick Bill McPherson Ray Rhodes Lynn Stiles Bob Zeman

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Super Bowl
Super Bowl
MVP Award

I: Starr II: Starr III: Namath IV: Dawson V: Howley VI: Staubach VII: Scott VIII: Csonka IX: Harris X: Swann XI: Biletnikoff XII : Martin & White XIII: Bradshaw XIV: Bradshaw XV: Plunkett XVI: Montana XVII: Riggins XVIII: Allen XIX: Montana XX: Dent XXI: Simms XXII: Williams XXIII: Rice XXIV: Montana XXV: Anderson XXVI: Rypien XXVII: Aikman XXVIII: E. Smith XXIX: Young XXX: Brown XXXI: Howard XXXII: Davis XXXIII: Elway XXXIV: Warner XXXV: Lewis XXXVI: Brady XXXVII: Jackson XXXVIII: Brady XXXIX: Branch XL: Ward XLI: P. Manning XLII: E. Manning XLIII: Holmes XLIV: Brees XLV: Rodgers XLVI: E. Manning XLVII: Flacco XLVIII: M. Smith XLIX: Brady 50: Miller LI: Brady LII: Foles

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Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champion starting quarterbacks

I: Starr II: Starr III: Namath IV: Dawson V: Unitas VI: Staubach VII: Griese VIII: Griese IX: Bradshaw X: Bradshaw XI: Stabler XII: Staubach XIII: Bradshaw XIV: Bradshaw XV: Plunkett XVI: Montana XVII: Theismann XVIII: Plunkett XIX: Montana XX: McMahon XXI: Simms XXII: Williams XXIII: Montana XXIV: Montana XXV: Hostetler XXVI: Rypien XXVII: Aikman XXVIII: Aikman XXIX: Young XXX: Aikman XXXI: Favre XXXII: Elway XXXIII: Elway XXXIV: Warner XXXV: Dilfer XXXVI: Brady XXXVII: Johnson XXXVIII: Brady XXXIX: Brady XL: Roethlisberger XLI: P. Manning XLII: E. Manning XLIII: Roethlisberger XLIV: Brees XLV: Rodgers XLVI: E. Manning XLVII: Flacco XLVIII: Wilson XLIX: Brady 50: P. Manning LI: Brady LII: Foles

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NFL annual passing touchdowns leaders

1932: Herber 1933: Newman 1934: Herber 1935: Danowski 1936: Herber 1937: Masterson 1938: Monnett 1939: Filchock 1940: Baugh 1941: Isbell 1942: Isbell 1943: Luckman 1944: Filchock 1945: Luckman & Waterfield 1946: Luckman & Waterfield 1947: Baugh 1948: Thompson 1949: Lujack 1950: Ratterman 1951: Layne 1952: Finks & Graham 1953: Thomason 1954: Burk 1955: Rote & Tittle 1956: Rote 1957: Unitas 1958: Unitas 1959: Unitas 1960: Unitas 1961: Jurgensen 1962: Tittle 1963: Tittle 1964: Ryan 1965: Brodie 1966: Ryan 1967: Jurgensen 1968: Morrall 1969: Gabriel 1970: Brodie 1971: Hadl 1972: Kilmer & Namath 1973: Gabriel & Staubach 1974: Stabler 1975: Ferguson & Tarkenton 1976: Stabler 1977: Griese 1978: Bradshaw 1979: Grogan & Sipe 1980: Bartkowski 1981: Fouts 1982: Bradshaw, Fouts & Montana 1983: Dickey 1984: Marino 1985: Marino 1986: Marino 1987: Montana 1988: Everett 1989: Everett 1990: Moon 1991: Kelly 1992: Young 1993: Young 1994: Young 1995: Favre 1996: Favre 1997: Favre 1998: Young 1999: Warner 2000: Culpepper & Manning 2001: Warner 2002: Brady 2003: Favre 2004: Manning 2005: Palmer 2006: Manning 2007: Brady 2008: Brees & Rivers 2009: Brees 2010: Brady 2011: Brees 2012: Brees 2013: Manning 2014: Luck 2015: Brady 2016: Rodgers 2017: Wilson

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NFL quarterbacks with a perfect passer rating game

Ray Mallouf Sammy Baugh Len Dawson Y. A. Tittle Frank Ryan Sonny Jurgensen Joe Namath Johnny Unitas Don Meredith Craig Morton (2) Fran Tarkenton Daryle Lamonica Dick Shiner Bob Lee James Harris Ken Anderson Jim Hart Dan Fouts Scott Hunter Terry Bradshaw Steve Grogan Brian Sipe Bob Griese Vince Evans Dave Krieg (2) Steve Bartkowski Ken O'Brien (2) Steve Young Joe Montana Rich Gannon Bobby Hebert Mick Buck Drew Bledsoe Craig Erickson Chris Chandler Jeff Blake Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner
(3) Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
(4) Doug Flutie Kerry Collins Chad Pennington Trent Green Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
(3) Donovan McNabb Tom Brady
Tom Brady
(2) Eli Manning Drew Brees Robert Griffin III Nick Foles Alex Smith Geno Smith Marcus Mariota Ryan Tannehill Kirk Cousins

Names in bold are still active

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National Football League
National Football League
NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team

Joe Montana Dan Fouts Walter Payton Eric Dickerson Roger Craig John Riggins Jerry Rice Steve Largent James Lofton Art Monk Kellen Winslow Ozzie Newsome Anthony Muñoz Jim Covert Gary Zimmerman Joe Jacoby John Hannah Russ Grimm Bill Fralic Mike Munchak Dwight Stephenson Mike Webster Reggie White Howie Long Lee Roy Selmon Bruce Smith Randy White Dan Hampton Keith Millard Dave Butz Mike Singletary Lawrence Taylor Ted Hendricks Jack Lambert Andre Tippett John Anderson Carl Banks Mike Haynes Mel Blount Frank Minnifield Lester Hayes Ronnie Lott Kenny Easley Deron Cherry Joey Browner Nolan Cromwell Sean Landeta Reggie Roby Morten Andersen Gary Anderson Eddie Murray Billy Johnson John Taylor Mike Nelms Rick Upchurch Bill Walsh Chuck Noll

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National Football League
National Football League
75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Sammy Baugh Otto Graham Joe Montana Johnny Unitas Jim Brown Marion Motley Bronko Nagurski Walter Payton Gale Sayers O. J. Simpson Steve Van Buren Lance Alworth Raymond Berry Don Hutson Jerry Rice Mike Ditka Kellen Winslow Roosevelt Brown Forrest Gregg Anthony Muñoz John Hannah Jim Parker Gene Upshaw Mel Hein Mike Webster Deacon Jones Gino Marchetti Reggie White Joe Greene Bob Lilly Merlin Olsen Dick Butkus Jack Ham Ted Hendricks Jack Lambert Willie Lanier Ray Nitschke Lawrence Taylor Mel Blount Mike Haynes Dick Lane Rod Woodson Ken Houston Ronnie Lott Larry Wilson Ray Guy Jan Stenerud Billy Johnson

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
retired numbers

8 Steve Young 12 John Brodie 16 Joe Montana 34 Joe Perry 37 Jimmy Johnson 39 Hugh McElhenny 42 Ronnie Lott 70 Charlie Krueger 73 Leo Nomellini 79 Bob St. Clair 80 Jerry Rice 87 Dwight Clark

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Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Class of 2000

Howie Long Ronnie Lott Joe Montana Dan Rooney Dave Wilcox

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Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Quarterbacks

Pre-modern era

Baugh Clark Conzelman Driscoll Friedman Herber Luckman A. Parker

Modern era

Aikman Blanda Bradshaw L. Dawson Elway Favre Fouts Graham Griese Jurgensen J. Kelly Layne Marino Montana Moon Namath Stabler Starr Staubach Tarkenton Tittle Unitas Van Brocklin Warner Waterfield Young

Running backs

Pre-modern era

Battles Canadeo Dudley Grange Guyon Hinkle Lambeau Leemans McAfee McNally Nagurski Nevers Pollard Strong Thorpe Van Buren

Modern era

M. Allen Bettis J. Brown Campbell Csonka T. Davis Dickerson Dorsett Faulk Gifford Harris Hornung J. H. Johnson L. Kelly F. Little Martin Matson McElhenny Moore Motley Payton Perry Riggins B. Sanders Sayers Simpson E. Smith Jim Taylor T. Thomas Tomlinson Trippi Walker

Wide receivers / ends

Pre-modern era

Badgro Chamberlin Flaherty Halas Hewitt Hutson Millner

Modern era

Alworth Berry Biletnikoff T. Brown Carter Fears Harrison Hayes Hirsch Irvin Joiner Largent Lavelli Lofton Maynard McDonald Mitchell Monk Moss Owens Pihos Reed Rice Stallworth Swann C. Taylor Warfield

Tight ends

Casper Ditka Mackey Newsome C. Sanders Sharpe J. Smith Winslow

Offensive linemen

L. Allen B. Brown R. Brown Creekmur D. Dawson DeLamielleure Dierdorf Gatski Gregg Grimm Hannah Hickerson S. Jones W. Jones Kramer Langer L. Little Mack Matthews McCormack McDaniel Mix Munchak Muñoz Ogden Otto Pace J. Parker Ringo Roaf Shaw Shell Shields Slater St. Clair Stanfel Stephenson Tingelhoff Upshaw Webster Wright Yary Zimmerman

Pre-modern era two-way players

Edwards Fortmann Healey Hein Henry Hubbard Kiesling Kinard Lyman Michalske Musso Owen Stydahar Trafton Turner Wojciechowicz

Defensive linemen

Atkins Bethea Buchanan Culp W. Davis Dean Dent Doleman Donovan Eller Ford J. Greene Haley Hampton Humphrey D. Jones Jordan Kennedy Lilly Long Marchetti Nomellini Olsen Page Randle Robustelli Sapp Selmon B. Smith Stautner Strahan Ja. Taylor Weinmeister Ra. White Re. White Willis Youngblood

Linebackers

Bednarik Bo. Bell Brazile Brooks Buoniconti Butkus Carson Connor George K. Greene Ham Hanburger Hendricks Huff Jackson Lambert Lanier Lewis Nitschke Richter Robinson Schmidt Seau Singletary L. Taylor D. Thomas Tippett Urlacher Wilcox

Defensive backs

Adderley Barney Blount W. Brown Butler Christiansen Dawkins Easley Green Haynes Houston J. Johnson Krause Lane Lary LeBeau Lott Renfro D. Sanders E. Thomas Tunnell Wehrli Williams L. Wilson Wood Woodson

Placekickers and punters

Andersen Groza Guy Stenerud

Coaches

G. Allen P. Brown Chamberlin Conzelman Dungy Ewbank Flaherty Gibbs Gillman Grant Halas Lambeau Landry Levy Lombardi Madden Neale Noll Owen Parcells Shula Stram Walsh

Contributors

Beathard Be. Bell Bidwill Carr A. Davis DeBartolo Finks Halas Hunt J. Jones Lambeau T. Mara W. Mara Marshall Polian Ray Reeves A. Rooney D. Rooney Rozelle Sabol Schramm R. Wilson Wolf

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Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year

1968: Denny McLain 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: John Wooden 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Charlie Finley 1973: O. J. Simpson 1974: Lou Brock 1975: Archie Griffin 1976: Larry O'Brien 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Ron Guidry 1979: Willie Stargell 1980: George Brett 1981: Wayne Gretzky 1982: Whitey Herzog 1983: Bowie Kuhn 1984: Peter Ueberroth 1985: Pete Rose 1986: Larry Bird 1987: None 1988: Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1989: Joe Montana 1990: Nolan Ryan 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Mike Krzyzewski 1993: Cito Gaston
Cito Gaston
& Pat Gillick 1994: Emmitt Smith 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Joe Torre 1997: Mark McGwire 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: New York Yankees 2000: Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk
& Kurt Warner 2001: Curt Schilling 2002: Tyrone Willingham 2003: Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil
& Jack McKeon 2004: Tom Brady 2005: Matt Leinart 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Tom Brady 2008: Eli Manning 2009: Mariano Rivera 2010: Roy Halladay 2011: Aaron Rodgers 2012: LeBron James

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Associated Press
Associated Press
Male Athlete of the Year

1931: Pepper Martin 1932: Gene Sarazen 1933: Carl Hubbell 1934: Dizzy Dean 1935: Joe Louis 1936: Jesse Owens 1937: Don Budge 1938: Don Budge 1939: Nile Kinnick 1940: Tom Harmon 1941: Joe DiMaggio 1942: Frank Sinkwich 1943: Gunder Hägg 1944: Byron Nelson 1945: Byron Nelson 1946: Glenn Davis 1947: Johnny Lujack 1948: Lou Boudreau 1949: Leon Hart 1950: Jim Konstanty 1951: Dick Kazmaier 1952: Bob Mathias 1953: Ben Hogan 1954: Willie Mays 1955: Howard Cassady 1956: Mickey Mantle 1957: Ted Williams 1958: Herb Elliott 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Rafer Johnson 1961: Roger Maris 1962: Maury Wills 1963: Sandy Koufax 1964: Don Schollander 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Frank Robinson 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Denny McLain 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: George Blanda 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Mark Spitz 1973: O. J. Simpson 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Fred Lynn 1976: Bruce Jenner 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Ron Guidry 1979: Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: John McEnroe 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Carl Lewis 1984: Carl Lewis 1985: Dwight Gooden 1986: Larry Bird 1987: Ben Johnson 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Joe Montana 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Michael Jordan 1993: Michael Jordan 1994: George Foreman 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Michael Johnson 1997: Tiger Woods 1998: Mark McGwire 1999: Tiger Woods 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Barry Bonds 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: Lance Armstrong 2004: Lance Armstrong 2005: Lance Armstrong 2006: Tiger Woods 2007: Tom Brady 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Jimmie Johnson 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Aaron Rodgers 2012: Michael Phelps 2013: LeBron James 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Stephen Curry 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve

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Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Sportsperson of the Year

1954: Roger Bannister 1955: Johnny Podres 1956: Bobby Morrow 1957: Stan Musial 1958: Rafer Johnson 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Arnold Palmer 1961: Jerry Lucas 1962: Terry Baker 1963: Pete Rozelle 1964: Ken Venturi 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Jim Ryun 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Bill Russell 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: Bobby Orr 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
& John Wooden 1973: Jackie Stewart 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Pete Rose 1976: Chris Evert 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Jack Nicklaus 1979: Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
& Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: Sugar Ray Leonard 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Mary Decker 1984: Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
& Mary Lou Retton 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Joe Paterno 1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Greg LeMond 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Arthur Ashe 1993: Don Shula 1994: Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
& Johann Olav Koss 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Tiger Woods 1997: Dean Smith 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
& Randy Johnson 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: David Robinson & Tim Duncan 2004: Boston Red Sox 2005: Tom Brady 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Brett Favre 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Derek Jeter 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
& Pat Summitt 2012: LeBron James 2013: Peyton Manning 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Serena Williams 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve
José Altuve
& J. J. Watt

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