|Date of birth:||May 12, 1956|
|Place of birth:||Montebello, California|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||282 lb (128 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1979 / Round: 7 / Pick: 168|
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Montoya was cleared to play football again and began his college football career playing for Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), a community college in Walnut, California. He did not start as a freshman, but after an outstanding sophomore season, he earned a football scholarship to UCLA, where he would play for head coach Terry Donahue. After redshirting for a year, Montoya was a starter in 1977 as the Bruins posted a 7-4 record. In 1978 he was again a starter, earning All Pac-10 honors. The Bruins in 1978 went 8-3-1, ended the season in both the AP and UPI Top 20 rankings and played to a 10-10 tie against Arkansas in the 1978 Fiesta Bowl.
Montoya was drafted in the 7th round (168th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft. Montoya was a four-time Pro Bowl guard who played in two Super Bowls with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played 11 seasons for the Bengals, from 1979 to 1989, becoming a starter in his second season. He then played five seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders, starting in all but his final season.
After retiring from the NFL, Montoya invested in a restaurant franchise of Cincinnati-based Penn Station East Coast Subs and eventually owned four in northern Kentucky. He is also a founder and silent partner of Montoya's Restaurant in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He also spent five years helping coach the Beechwood High School football team (including son Matthew, now a multimedia freelancer) in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. His daughter, Alison Montoya (a twin of Matthew), was a general assignment reporter for Cincinnati NBC television affiliate WLWT until late fall 2014.
Max Montoya is now semi-retired and lives with his wife, Patty, on a farm in Hebron, Kentucky, where he raises horses.
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