This Day In Sports History (April 18th) — Joe Montana
It was on this day in 1995 that quarterback Joe Montana announced his retirement from the NFL. It would officially mark the end of Montana’s 16-year Hall of Fame career.
Montana spent the first 14 years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, and the final two years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Throughout his career, he would go on to record an impressive 273 touchdowns, 40,551 passing yards and a 92.3 quarterback rating. He would win four Super Bowl championships, and earn MVP honors in three of them. He was also selected to eight Pro Bowls, and he earned two AP NFL MVP honors. In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Montana’s career is considered to be among the greatest ever by an NFL quarterback. Since his retirement, he has been named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, Sports Illustrated named him as the most clutch quarterback of all time, and he was named the fourth greatest player of all time according to the NFL’s top 100 show.
Here is a look at Montana leading the 49ers to a victory in Super Bowl XXIII.
Miguel Cabrera, MLB – Born April 18, 1983 (age 30) in Maracay, Venezuela
Scott Hartnell, NHL – Born April 18, 1982 (age 31) in Regina, Saskatchewan
William Roaf, NFL – Born April 18, 1970 (age 43) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas