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Joe Montana - Picked By 49ers In Third Round Of Draft

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Despite his heroic comeback in the Cotton Bowl, Montana was not considered a particularly hot prospect going into the NFL draft of 1979. Not until the third round was he drafted by San Francisco 49ers, the 82nd player to be selected overall. During his rookie season in San Francisco, he spent most of his time on the bench absorbing lessons in technique from veteran quarterback Steve DeBerg. The 49ers ended the regular season with a dismal record of 2-14. In 1980, he split quarterbacking duties with DeBerg, but Montana clearly outshone the veteran, throwing for 1,795 yards and fifteen touchdowns and completing sixty-five percent of his passes—the best in the NFL. Coach Bill Walsh rewarded Montana by naming him starting quarterback for the 1981 season, which turned out to be the best in 49ers' history up to that point. San Francisco finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and went on to win the National Football Conference championship, 28-27, against the Dallas Cowboys. In the Super Bowl, playing against the Cincinnati Bengals, Montana completed fourteen of twenty-two passes for 157 yards to lead the 49ers to a 26-21 victory. For his contribution, Montana received the first of his three Super Bowl MVP trophies.

The 1982 season was cut short by a players' strike, and the 49ers missed the playoffs, but the team bounced back in 1983 with a record of 10-6. Montana threw for 3,910 yards and 26 touchdowns during the regular season. In the post-season, San Francisco advanced to the NFC championship game, which it lost to the Washington Redskins, 24-21 despite another fourth-quarter rally led by Montana. Montana had tied up the game, 21-21, with three fourth-quarter touchdown passes but lost when Redskins player Mark Mosley kicked a 25-yard field goal in the final moments of the game. The 49ers enjoyed one of their best seasons ever in 1984, losing only one game for a record of 15-1. Montana during the regular season threw for 3,630 yards and 28 touchdowns, completing sixty-five percent of his passes. Facing the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game, San Francisco rolled to an easy victory of 23-0. Almost as much of a runaway was the 49ers' 38-16 Super Bowl win over the Miami Dolphins. Montana earned his second Super Bowl MVP Trophy by throwing for 331 yards (a Super Bowl record at the time) and two touchdowns. He rushed for another touchdown.

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP ATT COM YDS COM% Y/A TD INT
KAN: Kansas City Chiefs; SFO: San Francisco 49ers.
1979 SFO 16 23 13 96 56.5 4.2 1 0
1980 SFO 15 273 176 1795 64.5 6.6 15 2
1981 SFO 16 488 311 3565 63.7 7.3 19 2
1982 SFO 9 346 213 2613 61.6 7.6 17 11
1983 SFO 16 515 332 3910 64.5 7.6 26 12
1984 SFO 16 432 279 3630 64.6 8.4 28 10
1985 SFO 15 494 303 3653 61.3 7.4 27 13
1986 SFO 8 307 191 2236 62.2 7.3 8 9
1987 SFO 13 398 266 3054 66.8 7.7 31 13
1988 SFO 14 397 238 2981 59.9 7.5 18 10
1989 SFO 13 386 271 3521 70.2 9.1 26 8
1990 SFO 15 520 321 3944 61.7 7.6 26 16
1992 SFO 1 21 15 126 71.4 6.0 2 0
1993 KAN 11 298 181 2144 60.7 7.2 13 7
1994 KAN 14 493 299 3283 60.6 6.7 16 9
TOTAL 192 5391 3409 40551 63.2 7.5 273 139
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