Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Hall of Famer Joe Montana is dealing with complications stemming from shoulder replacement surgery.

He shared the news during a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News, noting he was experiencing significant physical limitations.

“I could live with a lot of it, but then I got to where I couldn’t lift my arm past my shoulder, so I decided to do something about it,”

Following his initial procedure a couple weeks back, Montana developed an infection and will require two additional surgeries — one to treat the infection and one to attempt another replacement.

Thankfully, it appears the biggest issue he is facing now revolves around the bulky brace he has to wear around the clock.

“I’d be OK if I didn’t have this stupid thing. You have to wear it 24/7. Shaking hands is not the problem. You have to sleep with this on.”

Montana spent 16 years in the NFL, attempting 5,391 passes during the regular season. He also threw 734 passes in the postseason, along with countless passes during practices over the years. It’s no wonder he needed shoulder replacement surgery.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.