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 in the NFL for most of his 16-year career and left a great legacy that will be talked about for as long as the game lives. Montana hung up his helmet in 1995, ending an incredibly successful career. In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro-Bowl Hall of Fame after having been inducted into the Pro-Bowl eight times. Follow us as we look at 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, the son of his parents Joseph Clifford Montana Sr. and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana. He grew up in Monongahela, a small town south of Pittsburgh famous for its coal mining.
Montana showed a passion for the sport at a very young age, thanks in part to his father, who was the first person ever to introduce him to the game of football. When he attended Ringgold High School, Montana played basketball, baseball, and soccer, with basketball being his favorite sport. His skills on the hardwood floor attracted the interest of the state of North Carolina, which offered him a basketball scholarship. Montana, who was in his senior year, declined the offer.
Also in his senior year, he became the starting QB for the university’s Ringgold Rams soccer team. He graduated in 1974 and received a scholarship to attend Notre Dame. In 1978, Joe Montana graduated in Business Administration and Marketing.
Montana was crowned by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1979 with the 82nd minute. By his second season, Montana had advanced to the starting QB and led the 49ers to amazing records. In the 1981 season, he won his first Super Bowl.
After winning his second Super Bowl title with the 49ers in 1986, a serious back injury threatened to end his career. Nevertheless, Montana remained strong and eventually got back in the saddle and helped the team win another Super Bowl in 1988. It was one of the 49ers’ best seasons with Montana. They won again in 1989.
In 1993 Montana was handed over to the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired after a few seasons with the team.
Joe Montana made a lot of money in his NFL career. After his retirement, he did well to keep his wealth afloat by starting a wine company, Montagia. He also owns a number of horses. His net worth is estimated at $80 million.
Family: Wife, Sons, Daughters
Joe Montana entered into the marriage in 1985 with actress and model Jennifer Wallace, whom he met during a photoshoot for a chic razor commercial. Montana’s wife was born on July 7, 1958, and is 1.80 m tall. Her most famous films include Adventures with Kanga Roddy (1998), Home & Family (2012), and Hollywood Health Report (2013).
Jennifer Wallace has been retiring from acting for years. As a jewelry designer, she heads Jennifer Montana Design.
Joe Montana and Jennifer have four children together, including sons: Nathaniel “Nate” Joseph, born October 3, 1989, and Nicholas Alexander, born April 28, 1992. They also have daughters: Alexandra Whitney, born October 10, 1985, and Elizabeth Jean, born December 20, 1986.
Of Montana’s children, the most famous are his sons Nate and Nick, who both followed in their father’s footsteps to make a career in football. The two boys attended De La Salle High School. However, they did not stick out beyond college football. While Nick played with the University of Washington, Mt San Antonio College, and the college football teams of Tulane University, Nate attended Notre Dam among other schools.
Both left football after college to pursue other interests.
Before his marriage to Jennifer Wallace, Joe Montana was married to two women and later wanted to divorce them. His first marriage was in 1974 with his high school sweetheart Kim Moses, whom he married in 1974. They divorced in 1991, after which Montana met a certain Cass Castillo. Like the first marriage, the one between Joe Montana and Cass lasted only three years and ended in 1984.
Montana did not bear children from his first two marriages.
Height and Other Quick Facts
Height: 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