"Montler concluded the 1973 season as Buffalo's starting center after he was pressed into service when Bruce Jarvis was sidelined by a knee injury prior to the Cincinnati game. Mike did an outstanding job as the Bills regular pivot over the final six weeks of the season and is expected to press Jarvis for the job this fall. He's versatile enough to play guard or tackle.
Mike was acquired by Buffalo in the trade that also brought Jim Cheyunski and Halvor Hagen from New England. He was a starting offensive lineman during his four seasons with the Patriots. He was New England's second round draft choice in 1969.
Montler won All-America and All-Big Eight honors as a tackle for Eddie Crowder at Colorado. Captain of the Buffaloes as a senior, he captured the Ernie Davis Memorial Award in the 1969 Coaches All-America Game. Mike was a member of the Blue-Grey, Hula and Senior Bowl squads and the College All-Star team.
Mike played service football during a four-year tour in the Marine Corps. His duty stations included San Diego and Okinawa. His undergraduate major at Colorado was business with a minor in journalism. Mike's off-season employment was as a PR representative for a Boulder bank. He has also worked as a sheriff's deputy."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook