KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 8: Quarterback Joe Montana #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to take the snap from center Tim Grunhard #61 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 8, 1994 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Joseph Patronite/Getty Images)
19. Chiefs acquire Joe Montana (1993)
When the Kansas City Chiefs traded for Joe Montana in 1993 the franchise had suffered through nearly two decades of extraordinary ordinariness. Trading for perhaps the best quarterback of all time put K.C. back on the football relevance map.
Following the trade, the 49ers former linebacker Matt Millen predicted, “Kansas City to the Super Bowl.” Obviously, that never materialized but Montana led the team to two playoff victories that same year, the last time K.C. fans have seen a win in the playoffs.
While it was a dramatic event in Kansas City for Mr. Football himself to accept a trade to mid-America there was an equal amount of drama going on in San Francisco. Joe had been injured the year before and when he returned to the team he spent time on the sidelines watching another player, Steve Young, lead his team. Young ended up MVP of the league and when the offseason rolled around Montana began his search for another team. With fans in bay area all in an uproar, the team finally came to a point where they were willing to offer Montana the title of “designated starter.”
By that time Montana was already in trade mode and the city and team was divided as Joe exited the team he’d won four Super Bowl with.
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