Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. was born 1932 in New Eagle Pennsylvania to Joseph Clifford Montana (Sr.) and Theresa Marie Bavuso. He grew up in the city of Monongahela, a coal mining town 25 miles (40 km) south of Pittsburgh. Montana also known as “Joe Cool” and “The Comeback Kid” was born on 11 June, 1956. He is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers and then with the Kansas City Chiefs for the final two seasons of his NFL career.
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. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
Although Joe appeared in all 16 regular season games during the 1979 season, he only threw 23 passes. He spent most of the season as the backup on the San Francisco depth chart behind starter Steve DeBerg.
In 1995, Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, (Jr.) and others.