Joe Montana in Mizuno Turf-Ready Football Shoes

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Joe Montana Announces Retirement From Football

On April 18, 1995, one of the greatest football legacies of all time came to a close when quarterback Joe Montana announced his retirement. Nicknamed Joe Cool for his uncanny ability to maintain his composure while under pressure, the Hall of Famer is widely regarded as one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks ever.

His list of accomplishments is simply overwhelming; four Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVPs, eight Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro selections, and a host of other recognitions. Montana’s also pulled off other unique feats, such as being the only player with two 95+ yard TD passes and having the most touchdown passes in the NFL postseason at 45. If that’s not enough to convince you, just head over to YouTube and check out some of Joe Cool’s highlights.

Although Montana didn’t have a game-changing sponsorship or signature model like many of today’s top players, he took a liking to Mizuno towards the peak of his career. Montana wore their sneakers during Super Bowls XIX and XXIV, where he would go on to win MVP in both games. These days, Mizuno no longer manufactures football cleats, but they specialize in running, golf, baseball, softball, and volleyball gear. You can shop their latest products here.

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