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Wilbert Montgomery

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

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Wilbert  Montgomery Mississippi Hall of Fame Inductee

Wilbert Montgomery Stats, Bio

Born: September 16, 1954

Hometown: Greenville, MS

Year Induction: 2019

Two way starter for Greenville High School at defensive back and running back
Won letters in football and track
Lead the team to a record of 19-1 over his final two years
Team went 11-0 in 1971 and beat Jackson Callaway in the Capitol Bowl.
Helped Greenville win two consecutive track State AA titles.  Participated in the Long Jump, 220 yd. dash, 400 & 800 yard relays.
1973 Attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.  Team went 11-0 and won the Lone Star Conference and were NAIA Champions.
Broke freshman record for Touchdowns with 37
1974 Team record of 7-4
1975 Team record 6-3-1
1976 Team record 9-2
Four year starter in football and lettered in track as a sprinter
Set the all-time NAIA and school record for touchdowns with 76 over his career
School’s all-time leading rusher with 3,047 yards
Set school record with 422 points
Drafted in the 6th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by Philadelphia Eagles.
Played in 14 games in 1977.  Led the NFC in kickoff returns.  Scored his first NFL TD on a 99 yard kickoff return.
1978 Eagles improve to 9-8 and 2nd in the NFC East.  Carried 259 times for 1,220 yards.
1979 team wins East Division going 12-6.  Rushed for 1512 yards and 9 rushing TD’s.  Caught 41 passes for 5 more TD’s.  Named NFL All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection.  Led the NFL in all-purpose yards.
1980 Eagles go 14-5 and lose to Raiders in Super Bowl.  Had 10 TD’s for season.
1981 Ran for 1,402 yards and added 10 more TD’s. Had his only 100 yard receiving game.
1982 strike shorten season Eagles go 3-6.  Montgomery had the longest run from scrimmage with a 90 yard TD.
Totaled 58 career touchdowns.
Coached running backs for the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns for a total of 20 years.

Honors: Member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Named to Abilene Christian’s All-Century Team, Member of Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor, Member of Abilene Christian University Athletics Hall of Fame and was a charter member of the Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll

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