Nate Montana
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-03) October 3, 1989 (age 30)
Santa Clara, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:De La Salle High School
College:West Virginia Wesleyan

Nathaniel Joseph "Nate" Montana (born October 3, 1989) is a former American football quarterback. After walking-on at Notre Dame as a freshman in 2008, he transferred to Pasadena City College in 2009, went back to Notre Dame in 2010, transferred to Montana in 2011, and finally transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan in 2012.[1] Montana is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

Early yearsEdit

In high school, Montana was a reserve quarterback at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, a suburb east of San Francisco.

College careerEdit

After graduating from high school in 2008, he enrolled at Notre Dame and joined the Fighting Irish football team's coach Charlie Weis as a walk-on, with the hope of landing a scholarship as a sophomore.[2] Following Montana's freshman year at Notre Dame, he found himself well down the depth chart at quarterback. In order to increase his playing time, he withdrew from Notre Dame in 2009 and tried out for Mt. SAC's football program but would not be the starting quarterback and later enrolled at Pasadena City College in southern California as a redshirt freshman.[3] Montana re-enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2010. He was the quarterback behind Tommy Rees and Dayne Crist.[4] He played in three games for the Fighting Irish as a junior in 2010, and was 9 for 18 for 116 yards with an interception.[5] On February 14, 2011, Montana confirmed he was transferring to the University of Montana, a top FCS program in the Big Sky Conference. As the transfer was from FBS to FCS, he was eligible to play immediately. At Montana, Nate became the only player on the roster with his name on the front and back of his jersey.[6] He transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan, a NCAA Division II program, in May 2012.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Nate is the third child and older son of legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana and Jennifer Wallace, a model/actress. His two older sisters Alexandra (b. 1985) and Elizabeth (b. 1986) also attended the University of Notre Dame.[8] His brother Nick was the starting quarterback at nationally ranked Oaks Christian in Westlake Village and was thought to be one of the top prospects in the nation in 2010.

Montana was one of eight Notre Dame football players (and 11 total athletes) arrested for alleged underage drinking on July 16, 2010.[9] While living in the state of Montana in 2011, Nate was arrested in Missoula on June 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, a charge that was later dropped.[10] However, he was sentenced to 90 days in the Missoula County Jail, all suspended, and ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation.[11]


College football statistics
Season Team Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TDs Int YPA Rating
2008 Notre Dame
2009 Pasadena City College 31 88 35.2 324 2 5 3.7 62.3
2010 Notre Dame 9 18 50.0 116 0 1 6.4 93.0
2011 Montana 26 42 61.9 274 2 1 6.5 127.7
2012 West Virginia Wesleyan 225 436 51.6 2480 19 7 5.7 110.6


  1. "Joe Montana's son Nate transfers to West Virginia Wesleyan". May 16, 2012.
  2. Smith, Michael David (May 15, 2008). "Nate Montana, Oldest Son of Joe, to Walk On at Notre Dame". Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  3. Holmes, Baxter (September 2, 2009). "Matt Simms and Nate Montana take a step back". Los Angeles Times.,0,6718093.story. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  4. "Report: Montana returns to Notre Dame". January 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  5. "Joe Montana's QB son transfers from Notre Dame to ... Montana". February 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  6. "Report: Montana's son headed to Montana". Sports Illustrated. February 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  7. "Joe Montana's son Nate transfers to West Virginia Wesleyan". May 16, 2012.
  8. Markazi, Arash (May 12, 2008). "Montana's oldest son to walk on at Notre Dame as quarterback". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  9. "Joe Montana's son among 11 Notre Dame athletes arrested". L.A. Times. July 17, 2010. Archived from the original on July 20, 2010.,0,4940597.story. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  10. "Nate Montana arrested on suspicion of DUI". AOL SportingNews. June 3, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  11. "Nate Montana pleads guilty to reckless driving, DUI charge dropped". Missoulian. 13 July 2011.

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