May 22nd, 2014
Joe Montana wasn't the biggest, he wasn't the fastest, and he didn't have the best arm. So what made him special? Quite simply, Joe Montana was a winner who always shined in the biggest games.
During his time on the San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana won four Super Bowls and was named MVP in an NFL record three of them.
Nicknamed "Joe Cool' for his ability to remain calm under pressure, Montana led 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins in his career.
Perhaps his greatest moment occurred in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals. With only 3:10 left to go, the 49ers were losing and were on their own 8-yard line. In the opening huddle, Montana, realizing how tense his guys were, joked to his teammates that they should check out this famous actor (John Candy) who was on the sidelines being really funny. That must have done the trick, because Joe Cool proceeded to orchestrate a classic 92-yard drive to win the Super Bowl in the closing seconds.
Montana earned a spot on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and he is a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. In 2006, Sports Illustrated rated him the number one clutch quarterback of all-time.
Joe Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
What was going on in 2000?
The world’s largest Ferris wheel, the London Eye opened.
A gallon of gas cost $1.26.
The average house cost $134,000.
51 million viewers watched the first season finale of the reality show "Survivor."
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was published.
In Super Bowl XXXIV, the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in a 23-16 thriller.