Michael Montgomery was a member of the Green Bay Packers from 2005 through 2010. He was apart of the historic 2005 draft class, a class that saw the Packers take a risk on a young California quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Montgomery’s best year came in 2008 when he appeared in 14 games, starting eight of them.
On top of his NFL career, Montgomery spent a year in the CFL, playing for the Montreal Alouettes and played in the short-lived UFL, playing for the Las Vegas Locomotives.
I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Montgomery and ask him questions about his college, NFL, and CFL/UFL career and to see how he is doing in his life after football.
Hoffenbecker: How did Texas A&M help prepare you for your career in the NFL?
Montgomery: Playing in such a prestigious and competitive conference, the Big 12, helped me out a lot. Week in and week out, you played some of the best teams in the nation. Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State were always top rated teams when I was in college.
Hoffenbecker: How does the football culture in Green Bay compare to other cities you played football?
Montgomery: Playing in Green Bay was amazing. There is so much tradition when you come here. It compares a lot to Texas A&M. Both are huge football towns but in separate ways.
Hoffenbecker: You played during an important time in Packers history: the changing of the guard at quarterback. There was all the drama that surrounded it as well. How did that affect you as a player?
Montgomery: The change at quarterback didn’t really affect me at all because I was on the defensive side of the ball. However, when I saw Aaron compete and work the way he does, I knew he was going to be very successful when he got the chance to play. I didn’t have any doubt that he would achieve what he has achieved so far in his career.
Hoffenbecker: You had a pretty good run in the NFL. What was your favorite moment while in the league?
Montgomery: My favorite moment was watching the Packers win the Super Bowl in 2011. It was a cool moment to see even though I was released a few months before it happened. Those guys worked hard and deserved it.
Hoffenbecker: You spent a year in the CFL and in the UFL. How much different were those two leagues compared to the NFL?
Montgomery: The major difference was salary, of course. But the rules in both leagues were much different. It was more of an arena football style of game and they pushed hard for the offense to score points. So that put a lot of pressure on a defensive player like me to perform well.
Hoffenbecker: Do you tend to watch the pro game or the college game more nowadays?
Montgomery: I watch both just as much. Although, I am more interested in watching the defensive aspects of the game versus what the offense is doing
Hoffenbecker: Who are some of your favorite players to watch right now?
Montgomery: Von Miller, JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, and Clay Matthews are all players I love to watch. They are huge impact players and even their presence alone on the football field is amazing to see.
Hoffenbecker: Do you still follow the Packers at all? Do you try and watch them when they are on TV?
Montgomery: I do follow and watch them on TV. Although, it is sometimes hard to watch, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I know they will only improve though, they are a young team on the rise.
I want to thank Mr. Montgomery for his time. He was an awesome Packer alumnus to have a conversation with! You can keep up with what he does by following him on Twitter and Instagram @iam96GB