I think most of the status of the #3 belongs to Joe. Montana was co-captain of the ’78 Irish, leading them to a 9-3 record, and the “Chicken Soup” win over Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl and Notre Dame’s 600th all-time victory. At Notre Dame, it is his role in the 1977 win over Purdue, the “Green Jersey” game win over Southern California, and the Cotton Bowl victory over Texas to give the Irish the National Championship which will also long be recalled. It was with the Irish that Montana began his tradition of magical fourth-quarter comebacks.
Nice. Montana was also the reason I originally became a fan of the 49ers, since as a kid my father enjoyed watching Niners games and repeating his tenuous claim to fame, that being that he got to introduce Joe at the Dillon Hall pep rally his junior year of college. Well done, Dad :)
The current #3, Darius Walker, is still a work in progress, but hopes are high he'll live up to the legacy after his exciting freshman year. I'm excited to watch him play, anyway (but I'll be keeping my green Shirts -- what's up with the yellow?!).