This Day In Sports History (December 15th) – Joe Montana
It was on this day in 1997 that the San Francisco 49ers retired the #16 jersey formerly worn by quarterback Joe Montana. The ceremony came at halftime of the 49ers game against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Montana spent the first 14 years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, leading them to four Super Bowl championships and being named as the game’s Most Valuable Player on three of those occasions. He was also named regular season Most Valuable Player in back-to-back seasons in 1989 and 1990 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Montana would miss the entire 1991 and most of the 1992 seasons due to an elbow problem, which opened the door for his long-time backup Steve Young. Although he suffered a few injuries of his own, when healthy Young filled in admirably for Montana, which ultimately led to Joe being traded.
In April of 1993, Joe Montana was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. That cemented Steve Young as the 49ers starting quarterback. It turned out to be a great move as Young would lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl victory just one year later.
Here is Montana leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Art Howe, MLB – Born December 15th 1946 (age 65) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mo Vaughn, MLB – Born December 15th 1967 (age 44) in Norwalk, Connecticut
Rodney Harrison, NFL – Born December 15th 1972 (age 39) in Markham, Illinois