Joe Montana: The best quarterback ever
Posted on September 28, 2009
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana poses for a portrait at his home in Atherton, California on January 12, 2000. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Sometimes when we are busy photographing a truly special athlete or a spectacular team we don’t take the time to stop and really appreciate the greatness in front of our camera lens. Often, many years need to pass before we can truly reflect back on a time and realize how lucky we were to witness an era of greatness. This is how I feel about having the special privilege of photographing Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers during their glory years from 1986 through the mid-90s.
I was a photojournalism student at San Jose State when I got my first chance to photograph the best quarterback ever and his team. For the next few years I continued photographing Joe and the Niners whenever I could during a time when I worked for the Contra Costa Times, The National Sports Daily and The Associated Press.
Even back then, I knew he was a great player and I shot a fair amount of photos of him and the team. Yet in hindsight, I wish I had shot far more of those beautiful chromes of Joe dropping back to pass in the beautiful Candlestick light from corner of the end zone.
It’s easy, now, to look back on my work and say that I wish shot more. But what can I say? I was young.