Legendary quarterback Joe Montana spent 15 years in the NFL between 1979-1994. He spent 14 years with San Francisco 49ers before playing his final season in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Pennsylvania-born athlete is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He won the Super Bowl Trophy on four occasions during his career with the 49ers.
He was adjudged the Super Bowl MVP thrice. Apart from his stupendous athletic prowess, Montana was also known for his on-field trash-talk and antics as well.
Chicago Bears’ defensive legend, Mike Singletary, appeared on a recent podcast with 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto and Kolsky. The 10-time Pro Bowler spoke about his on-field experiences with Joe Montana during their playing days in the 1980s.
“He didn’t give you the pleasure of getting up and looking scared and moaning or anything like that. The thing that Joe did, he got up and he said, ‘Hey man, that was a nice hit. Good hit. Wow. Yeah, that was good.’
“Might wipe the blood from his nose and get back in the huddle the very next play and throw a touchdown.
“(Montana would) come up to you and pat you on the butt and say, ‘Hey man. Good job. That really was a good hit though,” Singletary said. “You just want to kill him at that point.”
Singletary and Montana shared a strong rivalry. The Bears and 49ers went up on multiple occasions during the 1980s. The 49ers boasted of one of the best offensive teams in the league back then. Meanwhile, the Bears were the best defensive teams in the league. They also won Super Bowl XX.
In 1999, Montana was ranked as the 25th top sports personality of the 19th century.