If there was one thing Joe Montana knew how to do, it was win, especially when it mattered most. The 4x Super Bowl champion and San Francisco 49ers hall of famer first gained the national spotlight by leading the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the 1977 national title. Despite his college success, Montana was drafted as the 82nd overall pick. He earned the Niners starting job midway through the 1980 season, and his impact was immediate. In 1981, he led the team to their best season, going 13-3 and winning Super Bowl XVI. Montana would go on to win 3 more Super Bowls, 2 MVP awards, 2 Athlete of the Year awards and make 8 Pro Bowls.
Joseph Clifford 'Joe' Montana, Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed Joe Cool, Golden Joe, The Golden Great and Comeback Joe, is a retired professional football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. After winning a college national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. Traded before the 1993 season, he spent his final two years in the league with Kansas City. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started in four Super Bowl games and won all of them. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. In 1989, and again in 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Sports Illustrated magazine named Montana the 1990 'Sportsman of the Year'. Four years earlier, in 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
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