USA – CIRCA 1990s: Joe Montana of the Kansas City Chiefs hands the ball off circa 1990s. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
54. Joe Montana completes personal comeback (1993)
After missing all of the 1991 season and all but some Week 17 mop-up duty in 1992, Joe Montana was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs in the spring of 1993. Montana was considered over-the-hill by many, who thought he could not recover from the multitude of injuries that had sidelined him. Instead, Montana would prove that he still had two good years left in his aching body, and began that journey with the Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.
Montana led the Chiefs to a 27-3 victory over the hapless Buccaneers, throwing for 246 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Montana would continue to show why general manager Carl Peterson aggressively pursued the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, leading Kansas City to an 11-5 record and its first AFC West title since 1969. Montana was not able to stay healthy throughout the entire campaign, but was upright enough to get the job done.
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