Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Mike Montler

No. 53
"Montler started every game at center for the second straight year and ran his consecutive string to 35 straight starts. He didn't miss a game in 1974 despite a painful leg injury. He took over the starting duties in the ninth game of the 1973 season when Bruce Jarvis was injured and has beaten off all challengers to the center spot. Mike came to Buffalo as an offensive tackle, yet made the switch easily.
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 for four years in New England where he was a second round draft choice in 1969. He's the oldest man on the Buffalo roster.
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. He's worked in the off-season with a Sheriff's department and in the PR departments of both a bank and a real estate firm."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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