|Joe Montana Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||June 11, 1956|
Joe Montana is an American former professional football player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the sport. He had represented the San Francisco 49ers (1979–1992) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1994) in the NFL (National Football League), winning the Super Bowl (NFL’s annual championship game) 4 times (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV) with the San Francisco 49ers. Joe was named the Super Bowl ‘MVP’ in 3 of those games (XVI, XIX, XXIV) becoming the first player in history to achieve the feat. He had also helped the Kansas City Chiefs to the franchise’s first AFC (American Football Conference) championship game in January 1994. He was selected to the Pro Bowl (NFL’s All-Star Game) 8 times (1981, 1983–1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993) and named the NFL‘s ‘Most Valuable Player’ twice (1989, 1990). Joe was included in the NFL‘s ‘1980s All-Decade Team’, the ’75th Anniversary All-Time Team’, and the ‘100th Anniversary All-Time Team’. In 1999, The Sporting News website had placed him at number 3 in its list of ‘Football’s 100 Greatest Players’, and ESPN had ranked him at number 25 in its compilation of ‘Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century’. He was inducted into the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ in 2000.
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr.
Joe, Joe Cool, Comeback Kid, Bird Legs, Golden Joe, Big Sky
New Eagle, Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States
San Francisco, California, United States
Joe had attained his primary and secondary education at the Waverly Elementary and the Finleyville Junior High (now known as Finleyville Middle School), respectively. He had then graduated, in 1974, from the Ringgold High School in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Later that year, he had joined the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and had graduated from there in 1979.
Professional American Football Player (Retired)
- Father – Joseph Clifford Montana Sr. (d. 2017)
- Mother – Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana (d. 2004)
- Others – Joseph James Montana (Paternal Grandfather), Margaret Frances Hayes (Paternal Grandmother), Vincenzo James Bavuso (Maternal Grandfather), Josephine Savarino (Maternal Grandmother)
- 16 – San Francisco 49ers
- 19 – Kansas City Chiefs
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
91 kg or 200.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Joe has dated –
- Kim Moses (1974-1977) – Joe had married his teenage acquaintance Kim Moses in 1974 when he was in the 2nd semester at the University of Notre Dame. The couple got divorced in 1977.
- Cathleen Castillo (1981-1984) – He then got married to Cathleen ‘Cass’ Castillo in July 1981 and they had parted ways in 1984.
- Jennifer Wallace (1985-Present) – Joe got married to actress and model Jennifer Wallace on February 24, 1985. They have 4 children together – 2 daughters named Alexandra Whitney (b. October 10, 1985) and Elizabeth Jean (b. December 20, 1986), and 2 sons named Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Joseph (b. October 3, 1989) (Football Player) and Nicholas Alexander (b. April 28, 1992) (Football Player).
Race / Ethnicity
He is of 3-quarters Italian (Piedmontese, Sicilian) and 1-quarter Irish and English descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Affable smile
Joe has appeared in the Guinness Beer’s 2021 Super Bowl commercial.
He was also seen in Frito-Lay’s Super Bowl 2021 commercial alongside Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Jerome Bettis, and Deion Sanders.
Joe Montana Facts
- He was a multi-skilled athlete in his high school days and used to play football, baseball, and basketball. He had helped Ringgold High School win the 1973 WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) Class AAA boys’ basketball championship. In 2006, Ringgold High School had renamed their football stadium as ‘Joe Montana Stadium’.
- His performances in basketball were so good that he had been offered a sports scholarship by North Carolina State University. He had eventually turned down the offer but he had considered it very seriously for a long time as they had promised him that he could play both basketball and football for them.
- In 1986, at the peak of his professional football career, he had been diagnosed with a narrow spinal cavity. He chose to undergo surgery to correct the deformity and was able to resume his career after a brief period of rehabilitation.
- As of September 2020, he had held the all-time Super Bowl records for – ‘Most Passes without an Interception’ (122 in 4 games) and the ‘Highest Passer Rating’ (127.8).
- Post-retirement, he had dabbled in several business activities including horse-rearing and producing wine under the fancy label Montagia.
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