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With all due respect to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning; Joe Montana was the greatest clutch quarterback of all time.
Montana was a third-round pick in 1979 by the San Francisco 49ers. He didn't start his rookie year but did become a starter halfway through the 1980 season. He would have his first comeback that year, but he only went 2-5 as starter.
In his first full year as a starter in 1981, Montana completed 63.7 percent of his passes, threw for 3565 yards and 19 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions.
That season, he also led the 49ers to a Super Bowl win against the Cincinnati Bengals (XVI). Montana completed 14-of-22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown to win Super Bowl MVP honors, his first of three.
Montana returned to the Super Bowl during the 1984 season. He helped lead the team to a 15-1 record that season. In the big game, he completed 24-of-35 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16. Joe Cool won the Super Bowl MVP again.
He suffered a severe back injury during the 1986 season, but worked hard to return before the end of the season. He won comeback player of the year honors.
He followed that season with one of the best statistical season of his career completing 66.8 percent of his passes, throwing for 3054 yards and a career high 31 touchdowns.
Montana won back-to-back Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIV) with the 49ers for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He won the Super Bowl MVP in 1989, when he threw for five touchdowns in a 55-10 slaughter of the Denver Broncos.
In 1990, Montana led the 49ers to a 14-2 record, but was injured in the NFC Championship Game loss to the New York Giants. The injury caused him to miss all of the 1991 season and he only saw action in one game in 1992.
During this time, Steve Young blossomed into a quality NFL starter and a quarterback controversy was on the verge of emerging with Montana's injury finally healed.
The 49ers decided to stick with the younger QB in Steve Young. The unthinkable happened and Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 1993 season.
In 1993, Montana made his eighth and final Pro Bowl, though he only threw for 2144 yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while completing over 60 percent of his passes.
He led the Chiefs to an AFC West title and took the team all the way to the conference championship game but lost to the Buffalo Bills.
Montana had a solid season in 1994 and led the Chiefs to the playoffs again, but they were eliminated in the first round. He retired after the season though he was still playing at a high level.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Montana had 31 comeback wins in his career. He is also first in the Niners' record books in attempts (2929), completions (4600), passing yards (35124) and passing touchdowns (244).