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Montana immortalized

Latest: Tuesday August 01, 2000 05:48 PM

Joe Montana was cool under pressure. It was a mystique that led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl titles in the 1980s. From the 89-yard drive in the 1981 NFC Championship Game to the 92-yard rally in Super Bowl XXIII, Montana never let the situation get to him. On Saturday, however, he met his match. During his induction into Pro Football's Hall of Fame, Montana showed the nerves he never displayed on the field.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King was one of the reporters in the press box who followed Montana's career. In this appreciation, King recalls one of those great Montana-led rallies.

Along with Montana, longtime 49ers teammate and safety Ronnie Lott, Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long, 49ers linebacker Dave Wilcox and Dan Rooney of the Steelers organization were enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated's Dr. Z takes a look at the contributions of the class of 2000.

Hall of Fame Game: Pats rout 49ers 20-0
Montana Scrapbook: Photos and Flashbacks
SI Photo Essay: Lott and Long
Chat Reel: Dave Wilcox
Roll Call: Hall of Fame Members

SI Flashbacks
The long way up
Lott: Hitter with heart One-on-One
He relished every challenge
Lott: Widow-maker to family man

Lott: Backbone and courage

Long: Proving he's worthy

Rooney: Like father, like son
Montana: Cool under pressure

Joe's place
Gridiron greats gather in Canton
Lott: More than a game
Boom Box: California's finest


Joe Montana never let his emotions show on the field. AP

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