Long retired from the NFL, Joe Montana has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But once he was on the field, he was one of the most fearsome contenders the NFL has ever seen. Having a quarterback inspire both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is no small feat.
Montana was selected from Notre Dame by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1979 NFL Draft. He slipped all the way to the third round before being selected and slipping under many people’s radars. But what he would achieve with the 49ers ensured his name would go down in football history forever.
Joe Montana won four Super Bowls, three Super Bowl MVP Awards and two NFL MVP Awards with them. However, after his last Super Bowl, the 49ers began transitioning to a newer and younger quarterback. In 1992, they decided to part ways with Montana. Luckily they had Steve Young, another Hall of Famer, waiting in the wings. Young would take over and keep the dynasty going with more Super Bowl wins.
Joe Montana joined the Kansas City Chiefs for the 1993 and 1994 seasons before retiring. When he retired he was 37 years old. But in those two seasons, he took Kansas City to what would be their highest point before Patrick Mahomes came along.
Joe Montana’s time with the Kansas City Chiefs before retirement
In 1993, Joe Montana led the Chiefs to their first division title in 22 years. Despite being partially injured for the season, he still made it to the Pro Bowl and led the Chiefs to the playoffs. In his usual fashion, he led two comebacks in two playoff wins and got into the clutch when it mattered most.
He led Kansas City to the AFC championship game, where they lost to the dominant Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, he had to leave that game with a concussion in the third quarter, robbing him of the ability to stage another comeback.
He returned healthy for the 1994 season but saw his strength waning. He led the Chiefs to a 9-7 record and to the playoffs again, but this time they fell to the Miami Dolphins and Dan Marino in the wildcard round. He would hang up his cleats after this season. By this point, his legacy was already well established and should serve as a benchmark for future quarterbacks.