NEW YORK, JAN. 7 -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana was selected today as the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press. Montana also won the award last year.
For leading the 49ers to a 14-2 record and having yet another outstanding season in his 11th year, Montana received 26 of the 80 votes from writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Randall Cunningham of Philadelphia was second with 18 votes, followed by Warren Moon of Houston with 16.
"Simply put, I'm truly honored," said Montana, the fourth straight quarterback to win the award. "There are so many outstanding players in the NFL . . . both on offense and on defense. This team even has a few of them. It is really a meaningful award."
This season Montana was the league's seventh-leading passer with an 89.0 rating. He completed 61.7 percent of his passes, tops in the NFC, averaged 7.58 yards per attempt and threw for 26 touchdowns.
Also receiving votes for MVP were Buffalo defensive end Bruce Smith with 11 and Bills quarterback Jim Kelly with five; Kansas City quarterback Steve DeBerg with three; and 49ers receiver Jerry Rice with one.
Montana became the second 49er to win the award last year. In 1970, John Brodie was the league's MVP.