Magnificent Joe Montana 1979-'80 "Rookie Era" San Francisco Forty-Niners Game Worn Road Jersey – MEARS A10
"When the game is over I just want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had." – Joe Montana
No one would argue that Joe Montana never fell short of putting it "all on the line" each and every game, for when the discussion arises of who is Pro-Football's greatest all-time quarterback, there are basically two names that surface for debate; the Patriots great signal caller Tom Brady and Hall of Famer Joe Montana. A winner both at the collegiate and professional level, Joe Montana led the "Fighting Irish" to a National Championship (1977) and as most avid fans realize, led the San Francisco Forty-Niners to an amazing four world championships! Indeed, Montana was always considered the finest "big-game" quarterback, and his four Super Bowl championships including an unfathomable 127.8 passer rating in those four games and countless other pressure-packed superlative performances on the Gridiron's biggest stages stake a claim to that accurate assessment.
For 16 seasons, Montana "riddled" seemingly helpless pass-defenses for over 40,000 passing yards, 273 touchdowns, an incredible 63.2% completion percentage and equally remarkable 92.3 lifetime passing rating! A member of pro-football's Hall of Fame, Montana's lists of accolades includes two NFL MVP awards ('89 & '90), 3 Super Bowl MVP's, 8 Pro-Bowl selections, a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the Forty-Niners retiring his iconic #16 jersey. Along with Brady, he stands tall as one of the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, substantiating why his infinite-like fan base are always searching for his most treasured artifacts. One of those highly-coveted Montana mementos just happens to be one of his classic #16 game-worn jerseys, with this sensational Joe Montana c.1979/'80 "Rookie-Era" San Francisco Forty-Niners game worn road jersey assessed with a perfect A10 score by the prestigious MEARS authentication company!
Showing light game use, this Wilson manufactured white mesh garment reveals Montana's legendary red-vinyl #16 on both the front and verso, as well as on both sleeves. The fully intact Wilson label on the left front tail indicates size "44", and Montana's immortal name is affixed to the back, likewise comprised of red-vinyl texture. As the critical MEARS LOA indicates, the light game use is due to Montana being named the second-string quarterback behind starter Steve DeBerg in 1979, resulting in only 23 passing attempts for the Hall of Famer QB, with Montana also the #2 quarterback for the first half of the 1980 season. While the jersey's specifications cannot definitively pinpoint it to either 1979 or 1980 (same specs for each year), it still represents one of "Joe Cool's" earliest game used San Francisco jerseys, possibly worn by the iconic Montana during his inaugural pro-season. Designated an A10 by MEARS, it leaves zero room for any doubt, with its 100% ironclad authentication synonymous with Montana's uncanny ability to seemingly win all of his most significant games! - FULL MEARS A10 LOA
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