FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 26, 2021) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced that Joe Montana will receive the 2020 Davey O’Brien Legends Award recognizing a college or professional quarterback who has made a significant contribution to the game of football, distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader and demonstrated exemplary conduct both on and off the football field.
A four-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Super Bowl MVP, Montana was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 after completing a 16-year career with the San Francisco 49ers (1979-92) and Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94). He was twice named NFL Most Valuable Player (1989, 1990) and was tabbed the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1986.
Montana was honored on both the NFL’s 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Teams and was also voted the AP Athlete of the Year in 1989 and 1990. Named first-team All-Pro three times and All-NFC on five occasions, Montana was an eight-time Pro Bowler, setting a league record for quarterbacks.
Montana won the NFL’s passing title in both 1987 and 1989 and topped the league in passing touchdowns in 1982 and 1987. In 1994, Montana became just the fifth quarterback to pass for more than 40,000 yards in a career.
Montana’s teams reached the playoffs 11 times and claimed nine divisional championships as well as victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV. He directed his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins during his career, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII.
At the time of his retirement, he ranked fourth in career passing yardage (40,551), passing attempts (5,391), and passing touchdowns (273). His 3,409 completions ranked third all time, while his career passer rating of 92.3 was second.
A member of the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, his No. 16 was retired by the 49ers in 1997. He was selected by San Francisco in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft.
As a collegian, Montana played three seasons at Notre Dame. He helped lead the Fighting Irish to an 11-0 record and the 1977 national championship as a junior and an 8-3 mark capped off by a Cotton Bowl victory as a senior.
Montana will appear on the Davey O’Brien Awards Celebration Show along with Mac Jones of Alabama (National Quarterback Award) and Lane Herbert (Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award) on Monday, Feb. 15.