Joe Montana

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Birth Name: Joseph Clifford Montana, Jr.

Place of Birth: New Eagle, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 11, 1956

*75% Italian [Piedmontese, Sicilian]
*25% British Isles [Irish, English]

Joe Montana is an American professional football player. A quarterback, he played primarily for the San Francisco 49ers, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, of the National Football League (NFL). He is known as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He was voted Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl XVI (1982), XIX (1985), and XXIV (1990). He is nicknamed “Joe Cool” and “The Comeback Kid.”

Joe is the son of Theresa Marie and Joseph C. Montana. He is married to actress and model Jennifer Wallace, with whom he has four children, including football players Nate Montana and Nick Montana.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Joseph James Montana (the son of Joseph J. Montana/Montanna and Margaret “Maggie” Cardis). Joe’s grandfather Joseph was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, from Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, in Northern Italy. Joe’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Gaspare Montani/Montagni and Caterina Coda.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Frances Hayes (the daughter of James Joseph Hayes, Jr. and Elizabeth Ann Noel/Noe/Noce). Margaret was born in Ohio, of Irish and English ancestry. James was the son of James Hayes and Margaret Helen Ryan. Elizabeth was the daughter of Marion R. Noel/Noe and Keziah Ellen May Burr.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Vincenzo James Bavuso. Vincenzo was born in Cianciana, Sicily.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Savarino (the daughter of Domenico/Dominick Savarino and Vincenza “Virginia” Diecidue). Josephine was Sicilian. Domenico was born in Alessandria della Rocca, Provincia di Agrigento, the son of Philip Savarino and Mary. Joe’s great-grandmother Vincenza was also from Provincia di Agrigento, the daughter of Joseph Dieciechio/Dieciedrio.

Sources: Death records of Joe’s paternal grandparents, Joseph James Montana and Margaret Frances (Hayes) Montana –

Joe’s paternal grandfather, Joseph James Montana, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Joe Montana (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Joe’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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