Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Joe Montana

Kevin W. RyanContributor IIISeptember 12, 2013

Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Joe Montana

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    Following the release of the new Madden NFL 25 NFL video game, we will be breaking down the careers of some of the game's "unlockable content" players—which includes Hall of Famers like Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Reggie White and even legends like Otto Graham and Sammy Baugh. 

    Here is a full profile on the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Joe Montana. Enjoy. 

Joe Cool

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    Joe Montana was selected by Bill Walsh's San Francisco 49ers with the 82nd overall pick, fresh off three seasons at the University of Notre Dame. 

    In his first two seasons with the Gold Rush, Montana saw minimal playing time, and it wasn't until 1981 that he became the starting quarterback. 

    After leading the 49ers to an NFC-best 13-3, Montana took San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game against the rival Dallas Cowboys—the perfect setting for one of the most amazing finishes in sports history. 

    Montana and the 49ers eventually won the Super Bowl that year and polished off the decade by winning three more in as many chances. 

    He finished off his incredible career with Marcus Allen in Kansas City after the 49ers put fellow future Hall of Famer Steve Young under center. 

Resume

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    Montana finished his illustrious career with a 4-0 record in the Super Bowl—taking home three Super Bowl MVPs in the process.

    Montana's career milestones are usually credited to his success in the postseason; however, his regular-season numbers alone were impressive enough to earn the Hall of Fame bust. 

    Joe Cool was named to eight Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams and the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-Decade Team for the '80s, which he followed by taking home back to back NFL MVP awards in 1989 and 1990.  

    He finished in the top five in the league for multiple categories during the regular season, including passing touchdowns (seven times), passing yards (five), passer rating (nine), completion percentage (10), total offense (seven) and comeback victories (10).

Highlights

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    Personally, I fell in love with Madden NFL games because of how elusive the quarterbacks were in the 2004 release. Scrambling quarterbacks changed the game, and after playing Madden 25 with Joe Montana, I was incredibly impressed with Montana's running ability. 

    When you have great athletes like Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Roger Craig surrounding you, it is easy to understand why Montana's pocket passing is the focal point of these highlights. 

    Perhaps the game developers were just a bit generous with Montana's speed and agility, but as you can see from this highlight film, anything less than a 99 overall rating would do no justice.

Team of the Decade

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    Montana broke the NFL record for passing touchdowns and yards for a 10-year span during his reign as the NFL's top quarterback in the 1980s—but all of that would not have been possible without the incredible talent surrounding him. 

    The first elite teammate of Joe Montana that immediately comes to mind is the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice. The former Mississippi Valley State wideout caught 55 touchdown passes from Montana in their five seasons together. 

    As one of the most dominant units in all of sports history, the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s took down top quarterbacks Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Ken Anderson and John Elway in their four Super Bowl wins. 

    The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, thanks in large part to Joe Montana leading the "Team of the Decade" to four Super Bowl Championships.

The Catch

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    The 1981 NFC Championship Game's ending is still, to this day, one of the most incredible moments in sports history. 

    The Montana-led 49ers finished the regular season with the NFL's best record at 13-3 and faced the mighty Dallas Cowboys who, led by future Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, finished the 1981 season at 12-4.

    It was a true heavyweight fight between the longtime rivals, and Joe Montana's heroics in the lasting seconds of the game sparked a dynasty in San Francisco.  

    Fun fact: A four-year-old Tom Brady was in attendance at Candlestick Park for this incredible game. 

Comeback Kid

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    Joe Cool finished his career with 31 fourth-quarter comebacks—which, aside from Dan Marino's NFL record 51 game-winning drives, is an incredible feat. None of these 31 comebacks were more famous than this 92-yard drive to win the 1988 Super Bowl.  

    The Bengals took a 16-13 lead with less than four minutes in the game. Montana and the 49ers started the drive on their own eight-yard line, drove nearly the entire length of the field and completed the eventual Super Bowl-winning pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.   

    Even though Montana lived to orchestrate comebacks on the gridiron, he incredibly also landed at No. 4 on Complex.com's "The 20 Greatest Injury Comebacks In Sports History" after overcoming a career-threatening back injury. Montana spent just two months in rehab and returned to win the 1986 Comeback Player of the Year award. 

Postseason Records

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    Montana holds the postseason record for most touchdown passes (45), yards thrown (5,772) and games with a passer rating of over 100 (12). He is tied with Peyton Manning with six games of more than 300 passing yards and the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw with seven consecutive playoff games with at least two touchdown passes.  

    No quarterback shares his 4-0 Super Bowl record. The only other quarterback to win four Super Bowls is the Steel Curtain's Terry Bradshaw, with current Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady not far behind at 3-2 overall. 

    In his four Super Bowl victories, Montana completed 83 of 122 passes for 1,142 yards and 11 touchdowns—and incredibly, zero interceptions. His overall passer rating in the Super Bowl is an astounding 127.8, and he is still the only NFL player to win three Super Bowl MVP awards.

Stint in Kansas City

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    Following the four Super Bowl wins with San Francisco, Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in order for the 49ers to usher in the Steve Young era. 

    Montana joined forces with one of the greatest running backs in NFL history in Marcus Allen, as well as the dominant Derrick Thomas-led defense. 

    Before Montana moved to the Midwest, the Chiefs had not played in an AFC Championship game since 1970. 

    The 28-20 win against Houston in the 1993 divisional round is still the most recent Chiefs playoff win.