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Joe MontanaJoe Montana, A Superbowl Standout. Joseph Montana (born June 11, 1956 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania) started his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and played as the 49ers quarterback (QB) for the next 14 seasons. He spent his final two years, the 1993 and 1994 seasons, with the Kansas City Chiefs. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started four Super Bowl games and won them all.

In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player. Also, in 1990, Sports Illustrated magazine named him "Sportsman of the Year". Joe was elected to eight Pro Bowls and was voted 1st team All-Pro by the AP in 1987, 1989, and 1990. He had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, he had the highest passer rating in the entire NFL.

Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins. In both the 1981 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIII, Montana threw game-winning last minute touchdown passes. The touchdown pass to Dwight Clark at the end of the championship game was so memorable that sports journalists, fans, and many others, refer to the reception simply as "The Catch". The touchdown in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXIII punctuated a 92-yard drive.

In 1994, Joe earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; and he was also a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. On December 15, 1997 the 49ers retired Montana's number 16. 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.

In 2000, Joe Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.¹

Joe Montana's Super Bowl Stats
Passing Rushing
Year SB Tm OPP Comp Att Yds TD Int Lng Rate Att Yds TD Lng
1981 XVI SF49 CIN 14 22 157 1 0 22 100 6 18 1 8
1984 XIX SF49 MIA 24 35 331 3 0 40 127.2 5 59 1 19
1988 XXIII SF49 CIN 23 36 357 2 0 44 115.2 4 9 0 11
1989 XXIV SF49 DEN 22 29 297 5 0 38 147.6 2 15 0 10

The San Francisco 49ers are an NFL team playing in the National Football Conference's West Division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.

The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty Niners. The team began play at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco before moving across town to Candlestick Park in 1970 and then to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.2

Players on the current roster of the 49ers include Nick Mullens, Matt Breida and Marquise Goodwin. For the complete roster, click here. The 49ers are coached by Kyle Shanahan.


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