Joe Montana threw 40,000th yard

On November 27, 1984, Joe Montana threw for 163 yards to become the fifth quarterback to pass the mark of 40,000 passing yards.

The game ended with Montana and the Kansas City Chiefs taking the 10-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Seattle Kingdome. The Chiefs scored field goals in the first, second and fourth quarters. The Seahwaks scored both their touchdown and their field goal in the fourth quarter.

Montana was completing his last season in the National Football League by heading the Chiefs. The 2000 Football Hall of Fame inductee was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1979 NFL draft. He stayed in California until the end of the 1992 season, when he went to the Chiefs. He played in and won nine divisional titles and four Super Bowl championships. The eight time Pro-Bowler finished his career with 40,551 passing yards. Upon retirement he was ranked fourth in career passing yards and he is currently ranked 13th.

Montana only played one game in 1992. It was a Monday night game against the Detroit Lions, and it was in the second half of the final game of the regular season. He had previously missed over 30 games after what could have been a career ending shoulder injury. In December of 1997 Montana became the eighth 49er to have their number retired when the team’s administration decided to eternalize Montana’s name.

“Yeah, I think it motivates you as people start to count you out. It doesn’t make you play any harder, because every time you go out on the field you give 110 percent, but it does give you more of an edge mentally, knowing that you were in the same situation, because in sports you always find yourself behind.” -Joe Montana


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