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

Max Montoya
No. 65
Personal information
Born: (1956-05-12) May 12, 1956 (age 63)
Montebello, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school:La Puente (CA)
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 7 / Pick: 168
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:223
Games started:195
Player stats at

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

Montoya was cleared to play football again[2] 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,[2] where he would play for head coach Terry Donahue.[3] After redshirting for a year,[2] 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.[2] 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.[4]

Professional careerEdit

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.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[6] He is also a founder and silent partner of Montoya's Restaurant in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.[7] 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[8][9] 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.[9]


  1. ^ "Max Montoya Stats -".
  2. ^ a b c d e WHITE, LONNIE (15 October 1993). "Montoya Still Game After 199 of Them : Raiders: Fifteen-year veteran will reach a milestone Monday night against Denver" – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Statistics" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Statistics" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Max Montoya".
  6. ^ "Max Montoya - Still Serving Cincinnati - Penn Station East Coast Subs News".
  7. ^ "Montoyas tackles Mexican with Kentucky hospitality".
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ a b "Full circle".

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