Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. was a quarterback in the National Football League for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. He is the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times.
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Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. was a quarterback in the National Football League for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. He is the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Montana third on their list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players. 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. Montana is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. The 49ers retired the number Montana’s #16 jersey after the conclusion of his playing career. Montana’s family were Italian-American, the name Montana being an Americanized form of the surname Montani, which comes from northern Italy. Montana expressed an early interest in sports, and his father first taught him the game of football. Montana started to play youth football when he was just eight years old, aided in part by his father. Montana played football, baseball, and basketball at Ringgold High School. He was so good that during his senior year, North Carolina State offered Montana a basketball scholarship. Although Montana turned down the scholarship, he seriously considered NCSU because of a promise that he could play both basketball and football for the university.
As a junior, Montana earned the job as the Ringgold Rams’ starting quarterback. During his high school career, he earned the Ring gold All-American team. In his final year of high school, Montana scored a game-tying touchdown in a game against Monessen High School in Monessen, Pennsylvania. He later attended Notre Dame, where he won a national championship in football and basketball. Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference five times, and in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest pass rating in the NFL. In 1994, Montana received a spot on the NFL 75th anniversary All-time Team; he is also a member of the NFL 80s All Decade Team and the Sporting News All-American Team. He has a son, Joseph Clifford Montana III, who is a professional football coach. Montana also has a daughter, Lauren Montana, who plays for the New England Patriots. Montana has been named to the NFL’s all-time all-decade team, as well as the NFL All-Star Team, and was named a three-time All-Pro. He won the NFL MVP award in 1989 and again in 1990, and won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1986. In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for his final two seasons, and he led that franchise to its first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. Montana holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception and the all- time highest passer rating of 127. 8.
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