JOE MONTANA

JOE MONTANA

Class of 2000
Quarterback >>> 6-2, 200
(Notre Dame)
1979-1992 San Francisco 49ers, 1993-94 Kansas City Chiefs

Joseph Clifford Montana. . .Third round draft pick, 1979 . . .Master of come-from-behind victories. . .Led 49ers to four Super Bowl wins. . . Named Super Bowl MVP three times. . . Orchestrated 92-yard winning drive in closing seconds, Super Bowl XXIII. . .All-NFL three times, All-NFC five times. . . Missed entire 1991 season with injury. . . Selected to eight Pro Bowls. . .Career statistics: 3,409 completions, 40,551 yards, 273 TDs, 92.3 passer rating. . . Born June 11, 1956, in New Eagle, Pennsylvania.

Joe Montana, selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1979 National Football League Draft, had a stellar career with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. A master of late-game comebacks, Montana directed his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins during his illustrious career, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII.

His uncanny ability to bring a team back from apparent defeat was so common that it simply became referred to as “Montana Magic.” A true student of the game, Montana won the NFL’s passing title in both 1987 and 1989. He topped the NFC in passing five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989).

Thirty-nine times he passed for more than 300 yards in a game, including seven times in which he surpassed 400 yards. His six 300-yard passing performances in the post-season are an NFL record. He also owns the career playoff record for attempts, completions, touchdowns, and yards gained passing.

Eleven times the New Eagle, Pennsylvania native led his team to the playoffs. Along the way, he captured nine divisional championships and victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV. His outstanding play in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, and XXIV earned him Most Valuable Player honors in each game.

Named All-NFL three times and All-NFC on five occasions, Montana was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times, which was a league record for a quarterback at the time. In 1992, after missing 31 consecutive games due to an injury to his throwing arm, Montana made a dramatic comeback. In the second half of the regular season finale, a Monday Night Football offering vs. the Detroit Lions, Montana performed his magic of old, completing 15 of 21 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers defeated the Lions 24-6.

In 1994 Montana became just the fifth quarterback to pass for more than 40,000 yards in a career. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fourth in career passing yardage (40,551 yards), attempts (5,391), and passing touchdowns (273). His 3,409 completions ranked third all-time, and his career passer rating of 92.3 was second all-time.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1979 San Francisco
16
23
13
56.5
96
1
0
81.1
3
22
7.3
0
1980 San Francisco
15
273
176
64.5
1795
15
9
87.8
32
77
2.4
2
1981 San Francisco
16
488
311
63.7
3565
19
12
88.4
25
95
3.8
2
1982 San Francisco
9
346
213
61.6
2613
17
11
88
30
118
3.9
1
1983 San Francisco
16
515
332
64.5
3910
26
12
94.6
61
284
4.7
2
1984 San Francisco
16
432
279
64.6
3630
28
10
102.9
39
118
3.0
2
1985 San Francisco
15
494
303
61.3
3653
27
13
91.3
42
153
3.6
3
1986 San Francisco
8
307
191
62.2
2236
8
9
80.7
17
38
2.2
0
1987 San Francisco
13
398
266
66.8
3054
31
13
102.1
35
141
4.0
1
1988 San Francisco
14
397
238
59.9
2981
18
10
87.9
38
132
3.5
3
1989 San Francisco
13
386
271
70.2
3521
26
8
112.4
49
227
4.6
3
1990 San Francisco
15
520
321
61.7
3944
26
16
89
40
162
4.1
1
1991 San Francisco
Did not play
1992 San Francisco
1
21
15
71.4
126
2
0
118.4
3
28
9.3
0
1993 Kansas City
11
298
181
60.7
2144
13
7
87.4
25
64
2.6
0
1994 Kansas City
14
493
299
60.6
3283
16
9
83.6
18
17
0.9
0
Career Total
192
5391
3409
63.2
40,551
273
139
92.3
457
1676
3.7
20

Championship Games

  • 1981 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 286 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Montana also had three rushes for minus five yards. The third TD pass, caught by Dwight Clark, came in the closing seconds of the game to lift the 49ers to victory and later became known as “The Catch.”
     
  • 1983 NFC – Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 27 of 48 passes for 347 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Montana also had three rushes for 42 yards.

  • 1984 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 23
    , Chicago Bears 0
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Montana also had five rushes for 22 yards.

  • 1988 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28
    , Chicago Bears 3
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 288 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Montana also had three rushing attempts for 12 yards.

  • 1989 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 30,
    Los Angeles Rams 3
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 26 of 30 for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Montana also had one rush for four yards.

  • 1990 NFC
    – New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Montana also had two rushes for nine yards. He was forced to leave the game with 9:41 left due to a bruised chest and broken finger.

  • 1992 NFC
    – Dallas Cowboys 30, San Francisco 49ers 20
    Montana did not play in this game.

  • 1993 AFC
    – Buffalo Bills 30, Kansas City Chiefs 13
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed nine of 23 passes for 125 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Montana also had one rush for one yard. He was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter due to a concussion.
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Super Bowls

  • Super Bowl XVI – San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Montana also had six rushes for 18 yards and one touchdown. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

  • Super Bowl XIX – San Francisco 49ers 38
    , Miami Dolphins 16
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Montana also had five rushes for 59 yards and one touchdown. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

  • Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers 20
    , Cincinnati Bengals 16
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 23 of 36 passes for 357 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also had four rushes for 13 yards. Montana guided the 49ers on a 92-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left to play in the game.

  • Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers 55
    , Denver Broncos 10
    Montana started at quarterback. He completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. Montana also had two rushes for 15 yards. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

All-NFL:
1987 (AP, PFWA, PW); 1989 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW); 1990 (AP, NEA)

All-NFL Second Team: 1981 (AP, NEA); 1983 (NEA); 1984 (AP, NEA); 1987 (NEA)

All-NFC: 1981 (UPI, PW); 1984 (UPI, PW); 1985 (UPI); 1987 (UPI, PW); 1989 (UPI, PW)

All-NFC Second Team: 1990 (UPI) 
 

(8) – 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986*, 1988, 1990*, 1991*, 1994*

* Did not play
 

[1st] Most Consecutive Passes Completed – 22 (vs. Cleveland {5} Nov. 29, 1987; vs. Green Bay {17} Dec. 6, 1987)
[1st] Most Consecutive Games, 300 or More Yards Passing – 5 (1982)
[2nd] Highest Passer Rating, Career – 92.3
[2nd] Most Games, 400 Yards or More Passing, Career – 7
[2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Career – 63.24
[2nd] Highest Passer Rating, Season – 112.4 (1989)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games, 300 or More Yards Passing – 4 (1990)
[3rd] Most Passes Completed, Career – 3,409
[3rd] Most Season Leading League, Completion Percentage – 5 (1980-1981, 1985, 1987, 1989)
[3rd] Most Seasons, 3,000 or More Yards Passing – 8 (1981, 1983-1985, 1987, 1989-1990, 1994)
[3rd] Lowest Percentage, Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 2.58 (5,391-139)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Passes Completed – 18 (vs. L.A. Rams {13} Oct. 28, 1984; vs. Cincinnati {5} Nov. 4, 1984)

Super Bowl Records

[1st] Highest Passer Rating, Career – 127.8
[1st] Most Passes Completed, Career – 83
[1st] Most Consecutive Completions, Game – 13 (vs. Denver, SB XXIV)
[1st] Most Yards Gained Passing, Career – 1,142
[1st] Most Yards Gained Passing, Game – 357 (vs. Cincinnati, SB XXIII)
[1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 11
[Tied for 1st] Most Games, Winning Team – 4 (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
[Tied for 1st] Lowest Percentage, Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 0.00 (122-0)
[Tied for 1st] Most Attempts, Without Interception, Game – 36 (vs. Cincinnati, SB XXIII)
[2nd] Most Passes Attempted, Career – 122
[2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Career – 68.0
[2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Game – 75.9 (vs. Denver, SB XXIV; 29-22)
[2nd] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 5 (vs. Denver, SB XXIV)
[2nd] Most Attempts, Without Interception, Game – 35 (vs. Miami, SB XIX)

Post-Season Records

[1st] Most Passes Attempted, Career – 734
[1st] Most Passes Completed, Career – 460
[1st] Most Yards Gained Passing, Career – 5,772
[1st] Most Games, 300 or More Yards Passing, Career – 6
[1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 45
[2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Game – 86.7 (vs. L.A. Rams, Jan. 14, 1990; 30-26)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 5 (vs. Denver, SB XXIV)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games, Touchdown Passes – 10 (1988-1993)
[3rd] Most Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 21
[Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games, 300 or More Yards Passing – 2 (1983-1984)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 4 (vs. Minnesota, Jan. 6, 1990)

49ers’ records held by Montana
(Records through the 1992 season, Montana’s final season with San Francisco)

[1st] Most Passes Attempted, Career – 4,600
[1st] Most Passes Completed, Career – 2,929
[1st] Most Yards Gained, Passing, Career – 35,124
[1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 244
[1st] Most Seasons, 3,000 or More Yards Passing – 7
[1st] Most Consecutive Passes Completed – 22
[1st] Most Consecutive Passes Without Interception – 154
[1st] Most Yards Gained Passing, Season – 3,944 (1990)
[1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Season – 31 (1987)
[1st] Highest Completion Percentage, Season – 70.2 (1989)
[1st] Highest Passer Rating, Season – 112.4 (1989)
[1st] Most Passes Attempted, Game – 60 (vs. Washington, Nov, 17, 1986)
[1st] Most Passes Completed, Game – 37 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 6, 1985)
[1st] Most Yards Gained, Passing, Game – 476 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
[1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 6 (vs. Atlanta, Oct. 14, 1990)
[2nd] Highest Completion Percentage, Career – 63.7 (4,600-2,929)
[2nd] Most Yards Gained, Passing, Game – 458 (vs. L.A. Rams, Dec. 11, 1989)
[2nd] Longest Pass Completion – 96t (to Jerry Rice vs. San Diego, Nov. 27, 1988)
[3rd] Most Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 123
[3rd] Longest Pass Completion – 95t (to John Taylor vs. L.A. Rams, Dec. 11, 1989)

Chiefs' records held by Montana
(Records through the 1994 season, Montana’s final season with Kansas City)

[1st] Most Passes Completed, Game – 37 (vs. San Diego, Oct. 9, 1994)
[Tied for 1st] Most Passes Attempted, Game – 55 (vs. San Diego, Oct. 9, 1994)
[2nd] Most Passes Attempted, Season – 493 (1994)
[2nd] Most Passes Attempted, Game – 54 (vs. Denver, Oct. 17, 1994)
[2nd] Most Passes Completed, Season – 299 (1994)
[2nd] Most Passes Completed, Game – 34 (vs. Denver, Oct. 17, 1994)
[2nd] Most Games, 300 or More Yards Passing, Season – 4 (1994)
[2nd] Lowest Percentage, Passes Had Intercepted, Season – 1.83 (1994 – 493-9)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games, 300 or More Yards Passing – 2 (1994)
[3rd] Highest Completion Percentage, Season – 60.74 (1993 – 298-181)
[3rd] Most Yard Gained Passing, Season – 3,283 (1994)
[3rd] Lowest Percentage, Passes Had Intercepted, Season – 2.34 (1993 – 298-7)

League Statistical Championships
Passing Titles: 1987, 1989
Passing Touchdown Leader: 1982*, 1987

NFC Statistical Championships
Passing Titles: 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989
Passing Touchdown Leader: 1982, 1984*, 1985, 1987

Team Statistical Championships
Passing Titles: 1980^, 1981^, 1982^, 1983^, 1984^, 1985^, 1986^, 1987^, 1988^, 1989^, 1990^, 1993^^, 1994^^
Passing Touchdown Leader: 1980^, 1981^, 1982^, 1983^, 1984^, 1985^, 1986^, 1987^, 1988^, 1989^, 1990^, 1993^^, 1994^^

* Tied; ^SF San Francisco 49ers; ^^KC Kansas City Chiefs


 Super Bowl XVI MVP (1981)
 Super Bowl XIX MVP (1984)
 1986 Co-Comeback Player of the Year (PW)
 1989 MVP/Player of the Year (PFWA, AP, NEA, SN, MX)
 1989 Offensive Player of the Year/MVP (AP, PW)
 1989 NFC Most Valuable Player (UPI)
 Super Bowl XXIV MVP (1989)
 1990 MVP/Player of the Year (AP)
 NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1980s
 Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team
 NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1979 San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 (4th)
1980 San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 (3rd)
1981 San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 (1st)
1982 San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 (11th*)
1983 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1984 San Francisco 49ers 15 1 0 (1st)
1985 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (2nd)
1986 San Francisco 49ers 10 5 1 (1st)
1987 San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 (1st)
1988 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1989 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1990 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1992 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1993 Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 (1st)
1994 Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 (2nd)
* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

Full Name: Joseph Clifford Montana, Jr.

Birthdate: June 11, 1956

Birthplace: New Eagle, Pennsylvania

High School: Ringgold (Monongahela, PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 29, 2000

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 29, 2000

Presenter: Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. - former San Franisco 49ers owner

Other Members of Class of 2000: Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Dan Rooney, Dave Wilcox

Pro Career: 15 seasons, 192 games

Drafted: 3rd round (82nd overall) in 1979 by San Francisco 49ers

Transactions:
April 22, 1993 – Montana and safety David Whitemore, and the 49ers' 3rd round draft pick in 1994 (Lake Dawson, WR, Notre Dame, 92nd overall) traded to Kansas City for the Chiefs' 1st round round choice in 1993 (traded to Phoenix on 4/25/93 which was traded to New Orleans, the 49ers then selected Dana Stubblefield with 26th pick overall acquired from the Saints).

Uniform Number:
#16 with San Francisco, #19 with Kansas City

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