#16 Joe Montana - QB

Joe Montana Career NFL Stats 1979-1994



Joe Montana Childhood

Joseph ‘Joe’ Montana was born on June 11, 1956 in New Eagle, PA. He was the son of Theresa and Joseph Montana Sr. The western Pennsylvania kid grew up playing sports at an early age. He played basketball, baseball and football with the help of his father. 



Joe Montana High School Stats and Awards

Joe Montana played the three major sports at Ringgold High School. Although football would be his sport of choice, he was very good at basketball as well. He help lead his high school basketball team to a championship his junior year and earned All-State honors. In his senior year, he was named a high school All-American. He received scholarship offers for both basketball and football. Montana ultimately chose football and accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame.





Awards and Achievements

1st Team: 1987, 1989, 1990

2nd Team: 1981, 1983, 1984

Pro Bowl Selections
1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989 1990, 1993
Passing Yards Title:

NFL Offensive Player of the Year


NFL Comeback Player of the Year


Member of 1980s All-Decade Team

Member of NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Member of NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team


Joe Montana College Career Stats and Notes

Joe Montana barely saw the field the first two years at Notre Dame. In 1976, he had to redshirt due to shoulder injury. His time finally came in 1977. After the first month of the season, Montana took over the starting job and the Irish didn’t lose another game. They trounced Texas, the number one team in the country, 38-10 in the Cotton Bowl which elevated the Irish to the top spot and consensus National Champions. In 1978, Montana ended his career with a thrilling 35-34 Cotton Bowl win over Houston. Montana was dealing with medical issues which kept him in the locker well after halftime. . With the medic staff doing everything they could to warm him up, including giving him chicken soup, Montana made his way back to the field late in teh 3rd quarter with his team trailing 34-12. Three touchdowns later and the win and the Comeback Kid ended his Notre Dame career in style.






Joe Montana NFL Career Stats and Notes

Joe Montana was drafted in the 3rd round (82nd overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1979 NFL Draft. It wasn’t until 1980 when Montana became the 49ers full time starter. With Montana under center, the 49ers dominated the decade. They won 4 Super Bowls During the 1980s, with Montana winning Super Bowl MVP three times (XVI, XIX and XXIV). In 1989, he ended the decade with both NFL and Super Bowl MVP honors.

Injuries derailed his career in San Francisco at the beginning of the 1990s. In 1991, he missed the entire season with an elbow injury. During this time, his backup and future Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young stepped in. Young played well enough that when Montana was healthy, there was a decision to be made. In the end, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. For two years, the Chiefs made the playoffs under the veteran’s leadership, making it as far as the AFC Championship game during the 1993 season. Montana called it a career after the 1994 season. In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.






Joe Montana Super Bowl XXIII Performance

Whether you call him Joe Cool or the Comeback Kid, Joe Montana earned these nicknames for his calm composure under pressure and the ability to pull out victories late in games. The nicknames started at Notre Dame and he carried them into the NFL with late game heroics. He even did it on football’s biggest stage: Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers trailed the Cincinnati Bengals 16-13 with just over three minutes left in Super Bowl XXIII.  With the ball on his 8 yard line, two time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana added to his legend. He moved the 49ers down the field with his precision passing to Jerry Rice and Roger Craig. Craig also had a couple of runs to keep the 11 play drive balanced. With 39 seconds left,  Montana hit John Taylor with a 10 yard TD strike to take the lead. Joe Cool pulled out a 20-16 win, the first of back to back Super Bowl titles for the 49ers. 









Joe Montana Stats by Season



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