Joe Montana the Greatest
As almost everyone knows Joe Montana, "The Comeback Kid"
was one of the greatest
football players ever to play the game. Montana
started his NFL career in 1979 with San
49ers and played there 14 seasons. I can't imagine being on top of my game for 14
years. Up until 1979 I never lasted more
than about six months at the same job. It wasn't even until I was thirty four before I graduated college. That means I am older than Montana
and he had a fabulous career long
before I even began to settle down.
started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been
named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl
career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the
all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8. Montana
was elected to the Pro Football Hall
of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
Let's see. What had I
accomplished. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I shouldn't say "nothing" because I
did hold the record for the shortest time holding a job at a plastics
manufacturing company. I started at
eight in the morning pulling small plastic gears out of drawers and then
placing them in small envelopes and mailing them out to customers. At nine thirty it was break time. I asked my supervisor where the bathroom
was. Next to the bathroom door was the
front door. Out I went - the front door
- and never went back. I lasted one and
a half hours. Straight to the beach, I
did, I did. Never looked back. Try to beat that record, Montana
Doctor Give Me the News
Would I want to be Joe Montana? Not now, I wouldn't. As Montana
says, " ... the physical stuff tries to catch up with you
.’’ Tries to catch up??. it does catch up. The extensive physical problems he suffers is
from more than two decades after he ended his NFL career in 1994. Montana
has spent more time at the doctor's than he ever had on the field. When standing in a swim suit he has more
knife cuts on him than a butcher's side of beef. When he walks, it's like watching a drunk
sailor sway side to side. And
painful. His knee can’t straighten despite
a half-dozen surgeries. And he thinks it
is bad now. Wait until he is my age and
has to go to the bathroom four times a night.
He'll be dragging his leg across the bedroom floor.
And then there is the metal problems - potential mental
problems. His path to thinking may be affected. He’s had three neck fusions. There’s nerve damage in one of his eyes. “It acts like a lazy eye to some degree
because every time you’re tired, it kind of goes wherever it feels like a
little bit,’’ Montana said. I have
something like lazy eye only it's in my lazy brain and I kind of wander down to
the beach and eat shrimp out of the tide pools.
A doctor said Montana's
problem resulted from head trauma. And Montana said, “Can’t figure out where that came from.’’ I guess he can't remember the hits.
The moral of the story. You think I need to tell you the moral of the
story? That is easy to figure out. Life after football is bleak. There, I told you.
Joe Montana Football painting
The great San
49er quarterback Joe Montana image . The art
painting is 30 inch by 48 inch, ink and acrylic on gallery wrapped
frame/stretcher bars. The orange you see
is old newsprint articles about Joe Montana and San Francisco
49ers collaged to the canvas
then treated, then inked and painted.
Sports artists by John Robertson paintings