The Greatest Athlete To Wear #16- Joe Montana.
A lot of notable #16’s clearly to me Joe Montana sticks out way above the others though. In football-George Blanda played forever and ever. He became legendary with the Oakland Raiders. Jim Plunkett was above all-a winner. Frank Gifford was an outstanding running back-wide receiver for the Giants before he went to the broadcasting booth. Len Dawson led the Chiefs to their only Super Bowl title. In baseball Dwight Gooden had a great start to his career and had a few terrific seasons before injuries and dope took hold. Hal Newheiser is the only pitcher to win two back to back MVP Awards in a row. Whitey Ford was money in the bank for the Yankees- the greatest pitcher in Yankees history.
In hockey Brett Hull is one of the great all time goal scorers. Pat Lafontaine one of the first great American players. Vladimir Konstantinov was one of the great defenseman in the league before the accident. Henri Richard is best remembered as being brother to Rocket but he was a Hall of Famer too. Marcel Dionne was small but a great player in the 70’s. Bobby Clarke was a player you loved if he was on your team and hated if he wasn’t. I always wished he’d have played for Pittsburgh. In basketball Bob Lanier was one of the great centers in the NBA in the 1970’s.
The Greatest #16 is Joe Montana. Many of the experts consider Joe Montana the greatest quarterback in NFL history. I go with #19 Johnny Unitas myself but a great argument can be made for Montana. He started and won four Super Bowls- tying Terry Bradshaw. Montana to Rice the greatest combination in NFL history. Joe Montana was Joe Cool- he lead his team to 31 come from behind victories in the 4th quarter. My favourite Joe Cool story- behind 16-13 in Super Bowl XXIII to the Bengals- with 3:20 to go and on their own 8 yard line- Montana in the huddle spots John Candy in the crowd and says “Look , isn’t that John Candy?” We know how that game turned out. The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl.