Joe Montana Bio: Wife, Education & Net worth

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Joe Montana, nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid,” is an American former quarterback who played in the NFL for 16 seasons, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.

Four-time Super Bowl champion Joe, and the master of late-game comebacks, Montana directed his teams to several wins during his illustrious career.

Joe Montana, an American former quarterback (NFL) For 16 Seasons (Source: Forbes)
Joe Montana, An American Former Quarterback (NFL) For 16 Seasons (Source: Forbes)

In one of On SI’s Radio episodes in early 2023, when he was asked about his opinion regarding the NFL GOAT by Jane Brown, he considered himself the NFL GOAT.

Let’s take a closer look at Joe Montana and his incredible journey as a football player. Below are the details about his early life, career, net worth, age, height, Instagram, kids, and wife.

First of all, let’s look at some of the quick facts!

Joe Montana

Full Name Joseph Clifford Montana Jr
Birth Date June 11, 1956
Birth Place New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States 
Nick Name Bird Legs, Joe Cool, Golden Joe & The Comeback Kid
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
  • Waverly Elementary School
  • Ringgold High School
  • Finleyville Junior High
  • University of Notre Dame (1974-1979)
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Joseph Clifford Montana, Sr.
Mother’s Name Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana
Siblings No
Age 68 Years Old
Height 6’2″ /188 cm/ 1.88 m
Weight 93 Kg/205 lb.
Shoe Size 8 x 11
Hair Color Grey
Eye Color Blue
Marital Status Married
  • Kim Moses (1974 -1977)
  • Cass Castillo (1981-1984)
  • Jennifer Montana (1985 – Present)
Children Four (Nate, Nick, Elizabeth & Alexandra)
  • Football Player (Former)
  • Investor (Present)
Net Worth $150 Million
Salary Unknown
Currently Works At Retired  
Affiliations NFL, Super Bowl
Merch Rookie Card & Posters
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update July 2024

Early Life & Education

Joe Montana is a retired American National football player known as the best quarterback and greatest selection player in NFL history. Montana was born on June 11, 1956, in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Joe Montana In His Early Days (Source: Bleacher Reports)
Joe Montana In His Early Days (Source: Bleacher Reports)

Montana first attended Waverly Elementary School, Finleyville Junior School, and Ringgold High School for his secondary education. He played basketball at Ringgold and helped his school win in 1973.

His ground-breaking performances in sports in high school caught a lot of attention. North Carolina State offered Joe a basketball scholarship based on his excellent playing skills, but he wasn’t interested and turned it down.

Eventually, Montana was also offered a scholarship by the University of Notre Dame, which he accepted and majored in Business administration and marketing.

Montana used to lead his college football team and won several championships back then.

Family & Nationality

Joe is the son of Joseph Clifford Montana Sr and Theresa Marie (Bavuso) Montana. Joe’s father was a manager at a finance company in Western Pennsylvania.

Montana is a renowned personality among football lovers of American nationality, who belongs to the white ethnicity and follows Christianity. He is a single child to his parents and has no siblings.

According to the horoscope charts, the football player is Gemini. And from what we know, the people of this sign are known to be enthusiastic, passionate, and talented.

Age & Weight

Joe Montana is well-known as an ever-striving, ambitious, and determined personality. Tall and fit, Joe is 68 years old.

Montanna stands at 1.88 m and weighs around 205 lbs. Sadly, his other measurements are unknown at the moment.

Joe Montana has blue-colored eyes and short grey hair that matches well with his fair skin complexion.

Despite being a player, Joe knows how to look attractive and charming in public. His impressive personality has influenced many people.

College & Professional

College Career

Following his astounding football performances, Montana joined as a freshman at Notre Dame and played in the freshman team games. He impressed everyone by scoring a victory over North Carolina (14–6) in 1975.

After injuring his shoulder in 1977, Montana could not compete in the initial two games.

However, he made his first quarterback by winning the remaining games of the season with his team. His team defeated top-ranked Texas (38–10) in their final game at the Cotton Bowl.

Montana had successfully shown his ability to perform well in any circumstances. In 1978, Montana played against Houston, where he gave the most memorable performance in his entire football career. This performance got adapted into the film Seven and a Half Minutes to Destiny.

Professional Carrer

After a successful college career, he graduated from Notre Dame. After graduating, Montana was selected for the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he appeared for all 16 games that year.

Montana had established his force along with coach Bill Was and led the 49ers team to win the National Football Conference championship game with the Dallas Cowboys by 1981. Their final quarter performance was one of the most notable plays in NFL history.

Eventually, the same year team faced Super Bowl XVI, Cincinnati Bengals, and the skilled quarterback gave an astounding performance helping the team to win the game.

Joe Montana (Source: Los Angeles Times)
Joe Montana (Source: Los Angeles Times)

Super Bowl win made Montana one of only two quarterbacks to win a college national championship and a Super Bowl.

Montana had his second consecutive Pro Ball trip in 1984, defeating the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears.

His team also faced the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX and established the record for most yards passing in a single game. Montana’s team was the first to win 15 games in a single season.


In 1986, he suffered a severe lower back spinal disc injury and underwent immediate surgery.

However, he made a robust comeback in the game where the team faced St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in just eight games that season and threw more interceptions for the only time in his career.

Montana’s career reached a high point in 1987 when he achieved a personal and professional milestone and set the NFL record by passing 3054 yards without an incomplete pass.

The team got another opportunity at the Super Bowl XXIII in 1988, where they defeated the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

He was probably the first player to win Super Bowl honors three times in Super Bowl XXIV the following year, leading the team to a great season.


Montana again led the 49ers to the best regular-season record in the NFL in 1990. He got named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Sadly, in 1991-1992, he could not play much due to his elbow injury and eventually stepped out of the 49ers team.

In the final game of the 1992 regular-season matchup, Montana played the entire second half against the Detroit Lions.

Montana proved very compelling and energetic. He made a comeback after recovering from injuries in 1994 and played two games, including a classic duel with John Elway on Monday nights football and against his old team, the 49ers, and Steve Young.

Sadly the football player announced his retirement on April 14, 1995, at San Fransico in a vast event broadcast on local television.

On SI’s Radio Row ahead of Super Bowl LVII, Joe made a controversial statement in 2023 while playing a fun game with Jane Brown. When asked his opinion regarding the NFL GOAT, “Oh, I’m taking me, for sure,” Montana said.

Error Card

The 1990 Joe Montana Pro Set football card was errored as it displayed Jim Kelly’s passing yards as 3,521 when his actual passing yards were 2,829. However, the actual passing yard was mentioned on the back of the card.

Here’s a picture of the errored football card:

Joe Montano’s Error Card (Source: Amazon)

Award & Achievement

Montana’s hard work, playing skills, techniques, and game intelligence gained him tremendous awards& achievements.

He was awarded Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award three times during his football career. Besides that, he also holds the Super Bowl record for most pass attempts.

Likewise, after Montana Pro Bowl and All-Pro Selections, he also won the UP NFC Player of the Year award in 1981.

In 1986, he received the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year award and the honor of AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1989, three years later. Montana also got elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Personal Life & Wife

Montana hаѕ bееn mаrrіеd thrее tіmеs; he first got mаrrіеd to Кіm Моѕеѕ, his hometown sweetheart during his second semester іn 1974. Their marriage didn’t work out, and after thrее уеаrѕ, they got divorced. Іn 1981, hе mаrrіеd Саѕѕ Саѕtіllо and got divorced in 1984.

Lаtеr оn, hе mеt а mоdеl аnd асtrеѕѕ nаmеd Јеnnіfеr Wаllасе while the two worked on a Schick commercial, аnd got married іn 1985. This lovely couple has been happily married for 39 years and has four children named Nate Montana, Nick Montana, Elizabeth Montana, and Alexandra Montana.

Joe & Jennifer (Source: US Weekly)
Joe & Jennifer (Source: U.S. Weekly)

Since his retirement, Montana has spent much time with his family. The family resides in San Fransico, California.

Joe and Jennifer are living a controversy-free life in an oceanfront house at Malibu, California, in August 2021 worth $7 million.

Joe Montana’s Net Worth? Income & Salary

Being a successful person is a constant subject of curiosity, and people want to know how much they are worth. Joe Montana had a flourishing career and garnered a lot of fame through his superior skills as a football player.

From what we know, he has accumulated a nеt wоrth оf аrоund $150 mіllіоn, whісh hе hаѕ еаrnеd bу рlауіng fооtbаll рrоfеѕѕіоnаllу fоr Аmеrіса.

Besides playing football, he also owns horses and produces wine undеr thе Моntаgiа Lаbеl in partnership with Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia.

Нe owns еѕtаtе in New york wаѕ $49 mіllіоn іn thе уеаr 2009. Montana also bought an 87-acre Calistoga ranch for $1.8 million in 1998.

Moreover, he primarily invests in companies with a couple of associates. 

After retiring from the NFL, Joe launched a career as a venture capitalist. He is one of the co-founders/general partners in Liquid2 Ventures. Some companies Joe and Liquid2 have invested in are Pinterest, Airbnb, Robinhood, and GitLab.

GitLab is Liquid2’s biggest investment success. Joe and his partners invested $100,000 into GitLab in 2015, when the company was valued at $12 million.

In 2015 he paid $2.275 million for a San Francisco condo in Marina District.

Nevertheless, Montana has gained a hefty amount of wealth and living a luxurious life. Hence, money does not seem to be lacking for a former football player.

Social Media Presence

Joe Montana is very active on social media. He has over 204k followers on his Instagram account, where he occasionally posts pictures of his games, achievement, beautiful wife, and children.

Montana also has a Twitter account with 238.5k followers. 


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Joe Montana believes in spreading awareness for various causes, and this time it was a collaboration with Know Pneumonia, for which he took pneumonia shot himself to spread awareness in 2023.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How many Super Bowl rings do Joe Montana have?

Joe Montana has four Super Bowl victories. He led the San Francisco 49ers to win four times in 1982, 1985, 1989, and 1990.

Is Joe Montana Italian?

Joe Montana comes from an Italian-American heritage.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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