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Oct 16, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers former quarterback Joe Montana cheers before game five of the 2014 NLCS playoff between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Montana

Montana is such a legend in this game, there are undoubtedly people out there who simply assume he was always viewed as the NFL’s greatest, and had to be a high first round draft pick. Those people would be very, very wrong.

Joe Cool wasn’t taken out of Notre Dame until the third round of the 1979 draft. A lot of teams passed on Montana multiple times. How dumb do they all look now?

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  • Of course, his first couple of years in the league were nothing to write home about. He didn’t play much, and when he did get into the game, he didn’t look particularly great. It was in his third season in 1981 though, that Montan started to show flashes of the legend he was going to become.

    In that 1981 season, Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to a 13-3 record while throwing for 3,565 yards with a 63.7 completion rate. He also threw for 19 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He also led the 49ers to a Super Bowl Championship over Cincinnati that season.

    Over his remarkable 15 season career, Montana threw for more than 40,000 yards ( is currently 13th on the all time yardage list), threw for 237 touchdowns, is a four time Super Bowl Champion, a three time Super Bowl MVP, an eight time Pro Bowler, a two time NFL MVP, led the league in TD passes twice, was the 1989 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2000.

    Who knew when he was drafted that Joe Cool would become one of the faces of the NFL?

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