Born In: New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States
A football enthusiast from a young age, Joe Montana, started his career as a footballer in school and had already embarked upon a successful career. After a winning streak at ‘Notre Dame,’ he was selected by the ‘San Francisco 49ers’ in the third round of the ‘National Football League (NFL) Draft’. While at the NFL, he had a stellar career with the ‘49ers’ and ‘Kansas City Chiefs’. A pro at making comebacks in the late games, he directed his teams efficiently and led to their wins, leading an illustrious career as a footballer. The uncanny talent to revive his team from an apparent defeat, time and again, won him the title ‘Montana Magic’. He proved his mettle and won the NFL’s passing title twice and he also topped the NFC passing five times. Known for breaking records, he also passed six 300-yards making another record post-season. Among the many records, he also became the only player to enter the Super Bowl thrice and won several awards which honored his unbeatable performances. A true sportsman at heart, Montana has shown time and again that he plays to win and even lives his life the same way.
Nick Name: Joe Cool, The Comeback Kid
Also Known As: Joseph Clifford Montana Jr.
Spouse/Ex-: Cass Castillo, Jennifer Montana, Kim Moses
father: Joseph Montana
mother: Theresa Montana
children: Alexandra Montana, Elizabeth Montana, Nate Montana, Nick Montana
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Italian American
U.S. State: Pennsylvania
education: University Of Notre Dame
awards: Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year - 1990
AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award - 1989
AP Most Valuable Player - 1990-1989
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year - 1990-1989
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Born in Pennsylvania on June 11, 1956, Montana’s parents were Joseph Clifford Montana, Sr. and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana.
He attended ‘Waverly Elementary School’ for his primary education and then attended ‘Finleyville Junior High’ and ‘Ringgold High School’ for his secondary education. At ‘Ringgold’ he played Basketball and also helped his school win in 1973.
In his senior year, he received a basketball scholarship offer from ‘North Carolina State’ based on his excellent basketball skills.
After several ground-breaking performances on the high school football team, he got noticed by ‘Notre Dame’ and was eventually offered a scholarship which he accepted.
In 1974, Montana was a freshman at ‘Notre Dame’ and played in the freshman team games. In his sophomore year of college, he made an important contribution to the team.
In 1975, this talented player impressed Dan Devine by scoring a victory over North Carolina.
After injuring his shoulder the next year, Montana began the 1977 season by not playing the initial two games and then finally appearing in the game against Purdue. He was then made the first quarterback with the team winning the remaining games of the season.
In 1978, he played a key role in the team’s win against the Pitt Panthers. Next year he gave his most memorable performance against Houston. The memories of the game were adapted in the film ‘Seven and a Half Minutes to Destiny’.
After a successful tryst at ‘Notre Dame’, he graduated from the university with a degree in business administration and marketing.
In 1979, he was selected for the ‘NFL Draft’ by the ‘San Francisco 49ers’ with the 82nd overall pick. He appeared for all 16 games for the season this year.
The following year though the ‘San Francisco 49ers’ scored some losses, Montana passed for 1,795 yards and 15 touchdown passes.
By 1981, Montana had established his force along with coach Bill Wash. He led the team to win the ‘National Football Conference’ championship game with their old enemy, the Dallas Cowboys.
The same year in ‘Super Bowl XVI’, the team faced the ‘Cincinnati Bengals’ and the skilled quarterback again gave an impressive performance helping the team to win the game.
After a few wins, Montana had his second consecutive ‘Pro Ball’ trip in 1984 defeating the ‘New York Giants’ and the ‘Chicago Bears’. This year the team faced ‘Dolphins’ in ‘Super Bowl XIX’ and established the record for most yards passing in a single game.
In 1985, the team suffered a defeat, in the ‘NFC Wild Card’ game, at the hands of the ‘New York Giants’. The next year he suffered an injury and underwent surgery. However, in the game where the team faced the ‘St. Louis Cardinals’, Montana made a powerful comeback.
In 1987, he reached a high point of his career with 31 touchdown passes in just 13 games. This year he also achieved a personal and professional milestone when he set the NFL record by passing 3054 yards without an incomplete pass.
In 1988, he again played in the starting position at the ‘NFC Western Division’ title. The team had another opportunity at ‘Super Bowl XXIII’ when they defeated the ‘Minnesota Vikings’ and the ‘Chicago Bears’ in the playoffs and this was a memorable year for Montana.
After becoming the first player to win ‘Super Bowl’ honors three times in ‘Super Bowl XXIV’, the following year he led the ‘49ers’ to a great season.
In 1991-1992, he could not play much due to his elbow injury and eventually stepped out of the ‘49ers’ team.
In 1993, he was traded to the ‘Kansas City Chiefs’ with a contract for three years. However, in this season his performances were plagued by injuries.
In 1994, though he made a comeback after recovering from the injuries he played for just two games. The following year in April, he announced his retirement.
Montana won the ‘Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award’ three times during his career.
In 1981, he won the ‘UP NFC Player of the Year’ award after his Pro Bowl and All-Pro Selections.
In 1986, he was given the ‘AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year’ award, and three years later he was given the ‘AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year’ award.
In 2000, he was inducted into the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame.’
In 2006, he was rated the number-one clutch quarterback of all by ‘Sports Illustrated.’
Montana’s first marriage was with his hometown girlfriend Kim Moses in 1974. However, the couple separated just after two to three years of their marriage.
In 1981, he had his second marriage with Cass Castillo. This marriage also did not work and the couple divorced three years later.
His third marriage was with actress Jennifer Wallace in 1985. The couple have four children: Alexandra Whitney, Elizabeth Jean, Nathaniel "Nate" Joseph, and Nicholas Alexander, and are still married.
Joe Montana threw 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions during his four Super Bowl appearances.
He is a frequent collaborator with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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