Montana named SI's top sportsman

December 19, 1990

Joe Montana, who has quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories, was named yesterday as Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for 1990.

Montana, who was chosen the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXIV in January, has "defined his sport in his era," managing editor John Papanek said.

Montana, 34, is the first National Football League player to be the sole recipient of the award. Terry Bradshaw, a former quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, shared the award in 1979 with baseball player Willie Stargell. Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams was one of seven "Athletes Who Care" who shared the award in 1987.

The award is given to the athlete who symbolizes in character and performance the ideals for sportsmanship.

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