In the fourth quarter, though, Montana rallied, leading his team in another of his patented comebacks. Calm and cool, in command of his team despite the tremendous pressure, he led San Francisco on a heroic march up the field. Tight ends are used as blockers during running plays and either run a route or stay in to block during passing plays. They all sat down around the perimeter to watch because they wanted to see Joe Montana play. This perception let him instantly assess a situation, react intelligently to it, and find a way to get through it.
Mantegna is still very close to the original members of Chicago and keeps in touch with his old bandmates as well. January 1, 1979, was a freakishly cold day in Dallas, just 20˚ above zero -7˚Celsius , with winds of 30 miles per hour 48 kilometers per hour , in a town normally known for its temperate winters. He put Timko in at tight end—meaning that he and Joe needed to work closely together, not at cross-purposes. Abramski was proud of his weight program, which he considered essential. In that contest, the Irish were trailing badly in the fourth quarter, 45 46 Joe Montana 24-6, but Montana was able to bring them back to take the lead, 25-24.
The Donora school was mostly African American, while the Monongahela school was mostly white. But his skills were obvious. Breaking the Tension The first three quarters of the game were fairly uneventful, and at halftime it was tied 3-3—the first halftime tie in Super Bowl history. Another injury plagued him the following season, his junior year: Montana separated his throwing shoulder and was forced to sit out the entire season. He maintained a B average throughout 25 26 Joe Montana high school and was even elected class vice president during his senior year.
. Montana later remarked that he was sorry to see Parseghian go. Tough situations just made Montana work at top capacity. The game was also the first of the 26 fourth-quarter comebacks that Montana would eventually achieve with the 49ers. Their teams were in Great Britain to play an exhibition game. So Montana figured that his own chances of survival were pretty good.
In nearly every one of these games, the 49ers prevailed from the start; they had to come from behind in the fourth quarter on only two occasions. He was wrapping up an outstanding career. After all, he was in his early 30s and the condition of his back was uncertain. But he played the last six games of the regular season, as well as the playoff games. The history of pro football can often be roughly divided into periods during which certain teams dominated the sport. He loved it so much, and I loved watching him.
But both players say that they had practiced this very play many times before. So Montana sat in the hallway of their hotel with a case of beer and celebrated the victory by himself. Four times in four appearances in the brightest spotlight, Montana led his team to victory in the Super Bowl. This was an amazing match at the Cotton Bowl against the University of Houston Cougars. When I was getting passed, I was getting anxious. A field is 100 yards.
Bob Osleger, who was then the golf coach at Ringgold High School, recalled, in a Sports Illustrated article, what football games were like at the school in those days: In his senior year, the games at Legion Field were a happening. A mere 4:54 was left in the game. Typically, a team is required to advance at least 10 yards in order to get a new set of downs. Even when the pressure was so strong that his teammates were close to panic, Joe Cool stayed focused and tranquil—and equally important, he was able to focus his team around him. Montana was eagerly looking forward to the game.
We thought it was important to give him moments of success early, to build his confidence. During the socalled Era of Ara, Notre Dame had been among the top 15 teams in the country every year. And one summer he found a job doing market research. Montana, though, spent only one season under him. Nonetheless, Montana admits that he misses certain aspects of pro football. When the boy was three, Joe, Sr. Although many people considered Montana a questionable choice—he was relatively The Early 49ers Years San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh and Joe Montana conferred on the sidelines during a game in 1981.