Friday, August 19, 2016

1977 Profile: Mike Montler

No. 53
"Montler put together another outstanding season in 1976, anchoring the offensive line. He now has started 49 straight games since moving in midway though the 1973 season to replace the injured Bruce Jarvis. Montler had a painful leg injury in 1974 but did not miss a start.
A steady, consistent player with a sense of humor that keeps the squad loose, Mike came to Buffalo from New England as a tackle but easily made the switch to center. He was involved in the trade that brought Jim Cheyunski and Halvor Hagen to the Bills. A second round draft choice of the Pats in 1969, Mike was a starter on the Patriots' offensive line for four years. He's the oldest man on the Bills' roster.
He 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. Mike is one of the squad's better racquetball players."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-TV-Radio Guide

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