Four-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP, Joe Montana will live long in the hearts of San Francisco 49ers fans. He played for the NFL side for the greater part of his 16-year career and left behind a great legacy that would be talked about for as long as the game lives. Montana hung his helmet in 1995, bringing an end to an incredibly successful career. In the year, 2000, he was elected to the Pro Bowl Hall of Fame, having been named to the Pro-Bowl a whopping 8 times. Follow us as we touch on the highlights of his career and also reveal facts about his personal life.
Joe Montana’s Bio
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. was born on June 11, 1956, in New Eagle, Pennsylvania to parents Joseph Clifford Montana Sr. and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana. He was raised in Monongahela, a small city south of Pittsburgh famed for coal mining.
Montana showed passion for sports at a very early age thanks in part to his father who was the first person ever to introduce him to the game of football. While attending Ringgold High School, Montana played basketball, baseball, and football with basketball being his favorite. His skills on the hardwood floor attracted interest from North Carolina State who offered him a basketball scholarship. However, Montana who was in his senior year turned down the offer.
Also in his senior year, he became the starting QB for the varsity Ringgold Rams football team. He graduated in 1974 and earned a scholarship to attend Notre Dame. In 1978, Joe Montana graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing.
Montana was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1979 NFL Draft third round with the 82nd overall pick. By his sophomore season, Montana had risen to the starting QB, leading the 49ers to amazing records. He won his first Super Bowl in the 1981 season.
In 1986 after winning his second Super Bowl title with the 49ers, a bad back injury threatened to truncate his career, nevertheless, Montana stayed strong and eventually got back in the saddle helping the team win yet another Super Bowl in 1988. It was one of the 49ers best seasons with Montana. They won again in 1989.
Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. He retired after a couple of seasons with the side.
Joe Montana earned a lot of money from his NFL career. After retirement, he did well to keep his wealth afloat by starting a wine company, Montagia. He also owns a number of horses. Hs wealth is estimated at $80 million.
Family: Wife, Sons, Daughters
Joe Montana in 1985 tied the knot with actress and model Jennifer Wallace whom he met during a shoot for a Schick razor commercial. Standing at 5 feet 11 inches tall, Montana’s wife was born on July 7, 1958. Some of her best-known films include Adventures with Kanga Roddy (1998), Home & Family (2012) and Hollywood Health Report (2013).
For years now, Jennifer Wallace has retired from acting. As a jewelry designer, she runs Jennifer Montana Design.
Joe Montana and Jennifer share four kids together including sons; Nathaniel “Nate” Joseph born on October 3, 1989, and Nicholas Alexander born on April 28, 1992. They also have daughters; Alexandra Whitney born on October 10, 1985, and Elizabeth Jean born December 20, 1986.
Out of Montana’s kids, the best-known are his sons Nate and Nick who both followed in their father’s footsteps to pursue careers in football. The two lads attended De La Salle High School. However, they didn’t last beyond college football. While Nick played with the University of Washington, the Mt. San Antonio College and the Tulane University college football teams, Nate attended Notre Dam as well as other schools.
They both left football after college to pursue other interests.
Before his marriage to Jennifer Wallace, Joe Montana was married to two women and would later come to divorce them. His first marriage was in 1974 to his high school sweetheart Kim Moses. They divorced in 1991, after which Montana began seeing a certain Cass Castillo. Like the first marriage, Joe Montana and Cass lasted for just three years, ending in 1984.
Montana did not father any kids from his first two marriages.
Height and Other Quick Facts
Joe Montana has a height of 5 feet 10 inches.
Weight: 205 lb
Date of Birth: June 11, 1956
Parents: Joseph Clifford Montana Sr. and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana (both late)
Net Worth: $80 million
Wife: Jennifer Wallace