Joe Montana was a quarterback in the National Football League, arguably the greatest of all time. A talented multi-sport athlete at Ringgold High School, Montana grew up in the city of Monongahela, a coal mining town of Pittsburgh. At an early age, Joe Montana expressed an interest in sports, and it was his father who first taught him the game of football. Montana started to play youth football when he was just eight years old and eventually he was offered scholarship to play football at Notre Dame.
Joe Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played 14 seasons. Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named 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 has the all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8, Montana was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
A large part of Joe Montana’s legacy was that he was able to dig deep and come up with big plays when it mattered the most. He led his team to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins through his career and in the closing moments of the 1982 NFC Championship Game, Joe Montana threw one of the most legendary game- winning touchdown passes, famously known as “The Catch”. As well Montana is well known for the touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXII which came at the end of 92-yard drive with only 36 seconds left on the game clock
In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. In the same year, Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; in addition to his spot on 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 named Montana the 25th greatest athlete of the 20th century. In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number one clutch quarterback of all-time. The San Francisco 49ers retired his number 16 and Joe Montana still holds a place as one of the most successful and beloved American football players of all time.
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