49ers All-Time Quarterback No. 1: Joe Montana
Joe Montana isn’t only the greatest quarterback in 49ers history, he is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. And it took Tom Brady, a Montana and Niners fan as a kid, to have a legendary kind of career to surpass Montana’s own greatness.
Although that might not change the minds of many a Montana or San Francisco fan to this day.
Montana spent 14 seasons with the 49ers, spending the first couple mainly as a backup to Steve DeBerg. When Montana took over, though, he never looked back, leading the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories in 1981, 1984, 1988 and 1989.
Montana was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player in three of the four.
During his time with San Francisco, Montana started in 139 games, finishing with a final record of 100-39 and throwing for 35,124 yards, 244 touchdowns and 123 interceptions. Montana was one of the most accurate passers of all-time, averaging 63.2 completion percentage in his career.
Montana was an eight-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro and named the league MVP twice.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 and has his jersey number retired by the 49ers. There’s little more you need to know about one of the NFL’s all-time greats.