After winning a college national championship at Notre Dame, he started his National Football League (NFL) career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. He spent his final two years in the league with Kansas City.
While a member of the 49ers, Montana started in four Super Bowl games and won all of them.
Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
Montana is the only player to have been named Super Bowl MVP three times.
Noted for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana helped his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins.
In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Montana third on their list of Football's 100 Greatest Players.
ESPN in 1999 named Montana the 25th greatest athlete of the 20th century.
Montana had the highest passer rating in the National Football Conference (NFC) five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989); and, in both 1987 and 1989, Montana had the highest passer rating in the entire NFL.
In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number one clutch quarterback of all-time.
In 1989 and 1990, the Associated Press named Montana the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Sports Illustrated magazine named Montana the 1990 "Sportsman of the Year". In 1986, Montana won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
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