Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. won the Super Bowl four times playing for the San Francisco 49ers as the quarterback. On the gridiron, the two monikers he went by was Joe Cool and the Comeback Kid. The latter for good reason, Joe mounted a comeback in 32 fourth-quarters for 49ers and then the Chiefs in his final two seasons.
He was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1956. Montana played his High School Football for the Ringgold Rams.
Other notable people who went to the same school are Ken Griffey Sr. Fred Cox, Stan Musial, Scott Zolak, and Jim Renacci a member of the US House of Representatives. A slender and tall quarterback Joe measured Six foot two inches tall and weighed in at a lightweight of 205. In college, Joe Cool guided the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an NCAA National Championship in 1977. Under the leadership of Coach Devine, Notre Dame beat the Texas Long Horns in the Cotton Bowl. With an eleven and one record, the Fighting Irish earned the Associated Press Coaches National title.
Joe goes pro when selected in round three of the NFL 1979 draft,
he was picked eighty-second overall by the forty-niners. Joe wore number sixteen on his jersey as quarterback for San Francisco.
That same number would later be retired by the forty-niners. Montana captured the NFL championship game win four times as starting quarterback. The victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV earned him three MVPs. Those came in Super Bowl 16, 19, and 24.
Joe was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and was on the First Team All-Pro three times. He also earned three Second Team All pro spots. Avoiding blitzes and throwing touchdown bombs, one they called The Catch, that was thrown over Dallas Cowboy defenders in the 1981 NFC Championship earns you a few awards. This includes the NFL's Most Valuable Player twice, the National Football Leagues Offensive Player
of the Year in 1989.
The accomplishments do not stop there Montana also was awarded Bert Bell Award, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1990, twice AP Athlete of the Year 1989, 1990 and lastly NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1986. Joe was the NFL's leading-rated passer in 1987 and 1989.
In 1982 and 1987 Montana was the NFL's leader in passing touchdowns. With these famous highlights from the Comeback Kid, Joe was selected to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team and the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Joe holds several Super Bowl records and had an amazing four wins with no losses record. Montana had 5391 passing attempts completing 3409 of those for a 63.2 percent completion rate. Joe's total passing yards was 40551 years. He threw 273 touchdown passes with 139 interceptions. This gives him a 92.3 passer rating. Joe ended his football career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. was elected to the National Football Leagues Pro Football Hall of Fame in the year 2000. This was the first year he was eligible.