“Joe Cool”. The quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1992 was great under pressure. The Vintage Joe Montana jersey is a very popular item. Joe Montana was clutch in the most critical moments of the game; the 4th quarter. This is when you really need your quarterbacks to step up and that is what Montana did. This vintage Joe Montana jersey represents the legendary quarterback. The 49ers had themselves a very reliable leader of their squad and retired the number 16 in 1997. One of the greatest NFL throwback jerseys is the San Francisco 49ers vintage Joe Montana jersey.
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Joe Montana was from the state of Pennsylvania and grew up with an interest in sports. He played baseball, football, and basketball as a child. Basketball had actually become of very high interest to Joe during his younger years and he was very good at it. During his senior year of High School, Montana received an offer from North Carolina State with a basketball scholarship. He was considering this option due to the fact that they told him he would be able to play football as well. Joe liked the idea of playing both sports. He also had interest for his game of football from some college recruiters as well. The University of Notre Dame had watched Joe play and liked what they saw in the kid. They offered him a football scholarship and the opportunity to come play football for them.
Headed To Notre Dame
Joe accepted the offer and headed up to Notre Dame to further his education and football career. Joe didn’t start out as the number one quarterback. He had to work hard and prove himself to be worthy of the position. Montana was put in the game in difficult situations and many times the team was losing when Montana went in. He ended up proving himself during these games. There were multiple times where Notre Dame came back to win because of Joe and his fourth quarter high pressure situation abilities. The coach saw how good Joe was under pressure and named him the starting quarterback. From then on out he had a great career with Notre Dame. He was not as high on the draft list with the scouts as the other college quarterbacks in the league, but he hoped to get a shot at the National Football League.
In the 1979 NFL Draft, Joe Montana was selected in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft…but would prove to be the best one by far. Joe Montana today is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. At the quarterback position Joe had a 63.2 percent completion percentage, 273 touchdowns, 139 interceptions, and 40,551 yards. Montana appeared in 8 Pro Bowls and was the NFL Most Valuable Player in back-to-back seasons in 1989 and 1990. He won four Super Bowls and was a three time Super Bowl MVP. This stat line is one that not many quarterbacks are able to achieve.
There are many memorable moments that came throughout Joe Montana’s career. This is helped create such a valuable vintage Joe Montana jersey. One of Montana’s most memorable moments includes “The Catch” in the 1981 NFC Championship game. This game was between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers were down 27-21 in the 4th quarter. This is something that Joe had faced many times in his career. If there is any quarterback that you want during this critical moment, it was number 16. With less than a minute to play Joe snapped the ball and rolled right out of the pocket. He threw a game winning touchdown to Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone. The 49ers defense would hold the Cowboys and would force a fumble at the end. San Francisco won 28-27. This was just another great clutch moment for “the comeback kid”.
Another great comeback for Montana was when the 49ers were playing against the St. Louis Rams in December 1989. They were down 27-10 in the fourth quarter. Many people watching this game thought it was already over and that there would be no way to comeback from this large of a deficit. Don’t speak so fast when you still have Joe behind center. He ended up leading three scoring drives down field during this fourth quarter. One of the drives included a deep throw for a touchdown. Joe Montana connected with his receiver, Taylor, for a 96 yard touchdown pass. The 49ers would win this contest 30-27. People everywhere were amazed at Joe’s ability to comeback in the fourth quarter. The 49ers ended up facing the Rams again in the playoffs that same year and would beat them again as well. The Rams couldn’t take down Montana.
Super Bowl XXIII
Another unforgettable moment for Joe Montana includes that in Super Bowl XXIII. Surprise surprise, Montana’s team was down 16-13 in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals. There were 3 minutes left in the game for Joe to try and make one last march down field. He completed 8 of 9 passes and led a 90 plus yard-drive down field during this famous Super Bowl comeback. With 34 seconds left on the clock he threw a game-winning touchdown pass. Joe did it again. Throughout Montana’s career he has come from behind over 30 times in the fourth quarter to win and one of his greatest comebacks was that in Super Bowl XXIII. They don’t call him “The Comeback Kid” for nothing. Joe never lost a Super Bowl. Talk about having ice in your veins.
End of Career
In 1993, Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. He led them to their first AFC Championship Game in January 1994. Although he played with the Chiefs at the end of his career, the vintage Joe Montana jersey will always be remembered as a San Francisco 49ers jersey. Joe Montana retired in 1994, but will always be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Joe Montana, also known as “Joe Cool’ and “The Comeback Kid” will always be a legend in the sports world.
Vintage Joe Montana Jersey
The Joe Montana jersey is a vintage one for sure. There is no doubt that this jersey is classic and one of the top jerseys to have in all of football. The vintage Joe Montana jersey is a good-looking jersey no matter whether you go with the red or white one. This vintage Joe Montana jersey is a little piece of history and represents just how solid of a quarterback he was. “Joe cool” was too clutch. Check out the link above to pick up your very own vintage Joe Montana jersey!