Joe Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of football. He was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania and went Ringgold High School in Monongahela, PA. He was a three-sport star in high school (football, baseball and basketball). Montana was an excellent basketball player. In 1973, he earned All-State honors and led his team to the Class AAA state championship. He became the school's starting quarterback as a junior and was selected to the Parade All-American team as a senior.
Montana was accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame joined the team in 1974. Montana spent several years on the bench before earning becoming the starter during the third game of the 1977 college football season. With Montana taking the snaps, Notre Dame won the rest of their games and were National Champions. He followed that up in 1978 and ended his collegiate career with an incredible come-back win over the Houston Cougars during the Cotton Bowl. The game is called the "Chicken Soup Game" as Montana was sick and had chicken soup throughout the game to lead his team to victory.
Despite an impressive collegiate career, Joe Montana lasted all the way into the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft before he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers. He saw little action as a rookie, but became the starter half-way through the 1980 NFL season and led the league with a 64.5 completion percentage. In 1981, Joe Montana became a legend. He led the 49ers to a surprising 13-3 record and an unlikely match-up against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Championship Game. Trailing the Cowboys 27-21 and with less than five minutes left in the game, Montana and the 49ers took the field at their own 11-yard line. Over the next few minutes, Montana drove his team down the field to the Cowboys six yard line. On third down, Montana pressured by the Dallas defense and rolled to his right. He threw a high pass that looked as though it was going out of the endzone before wide receiver, Dwight Clark made a leaping finger tip catch for a touchdown to win the game. "The Catch" is one of the most famous plays in NFL history as it symbolized the beginning of the 49ers dominance during the 1980's. They went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI for their first Super Bowl Championship.
Montana went on to lead the 49ers to four Super Bowl Championships during the 1980's. He was the game MVP on three different occasions and holds several Super Bowl passing records. During his 13 seasons with the 49ers, Joe Montana was selected to seven NFL Pro Bowls and was a 2x NFL MVP. He played his final two NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (1993 and 1994) and was selected to his eighth Pro Bowl. Montana was part of the Class of 2000 Pro Football Hall of Fame is widely regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
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