Max Montoya

Max Montoya
No. 65
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-05-12) May 12, 1956
Place of birth: Montebello, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 7 / Pick: 168
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 223
Games started: 195

Max Montoya (born May 12, 1956) is a former professional American football guard who played 16 seasons in the National Football League.

Early life

Montoya attended La Puente High School[1] in La Puente, California. He was unable to play football or basketball his senior season due to a heart murmur. [2]

College career

Montoya was cleared to play football again[3] 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,[4] where he would play for head coach Terry Donahue.[5] After redshirting for a year,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Professional career

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.[9]

Personal life

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.[10] He is also a founder and silent partner of Montoya's Restaurant in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.[11] 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[12][13] 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.[14]


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