1 minute read

Joe Montana - Selected Writings By Montana:

Famous Sports StarsFootballJoe Montana Biography - Born In New Eagle, Pennsylvania, A Small Fish In A Big Pond At Notre Dame - CONTACT INFORMATION


(With Bob Raissman) Audibles: My Life in Football, Morrow, 1986.

(With Alan Steinberg) Cool under Fire, Little Brown, 1990.

(With Dick Schaap) Montana, Turner, 1995.

Awards and Accomplishments

1977 Helped lead Notre Dame to national college championship
1981, 1983-85, 1987, 1989, 1993 Selected to play in Pro Bowl
1982 Led 49ers to Super Bowl victory over Cincinnati Bengals, winning MVP Trophy
1985 Led 49ers to Super Bowl victory over Miami Dolphins, winning MVP Trophy
1989 Led 49ers to Super Bowl victory over Cincinnati Bengals
1989 Named Sporting News Player of the Year and Man of the Year
1989 Named NFL's Most Valuable Player
1990 Led 49ers to Super Bowl victory over Denver Broncos, winning MVP Trophy
1990 Named NFL's Most Valuable Player
1990 Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

The Ultimate Winner

So is he the greatest quarterback of all time or not? A large body of players and coaches, including [former 49ers coach Bill] Walsh, votes yes. The ones who say no point to the new era of football, the freer passing lanes, the bump-and-run restrictions, the elimination of head-slapping by defensive linemen. They say that a Johnny Unitas or a Norm Van Brocklin playing in this era would do the same things Montana does. "Yeah, I know. I've heard it," [Montana's high school quarterback coach Jeff] Petrucci says. "How would Joe do in the other era? How would he do against the Steelers in that two-deep zone, when they'd roll their corners up and it was over? Well, in my mind, he'd be the greatest in any era because he's the ultimate winner. Somehow he finds a way to get it done."

Source: Zimmerman, Paul. Sports Illustrated (August 13, 1999).

(With Richard Weiner) Joe Montana's Art and Magic of Quarterbacking, Holt, 1997.

Additional topics