Interesting Facts About Philadelphia Eagles Great Wilbert Montgomery


Wilbert Montgomery played college football at a very small school, Abilene Christian, but still went on to have a very productive ten year career in the National Football League. He played in a number of big games and was a big part of the formidable Philadelphia Eagles teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Here are some interesting facts about Wilbert Montgomery.

-Though he had set the all time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) record for touchdowns scored in a career, Montgomery wasn’t selected in the 1977 NFL Draft until taken by the Eagles in the 6th round.

-In the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss to the Oakland Raiders, Wilbert Montgomery carried the ball 16 times. Ten of those rushing attempts came on first downs.

-Wilbert Montgomery has three brothers that also played in the NFL.

-In a 1981 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Wilbert Montgomery racked up his one and only 100 yard receiving game in the NFL. He ended up catching ten passes that day for 143 yards and one touchdown.

-Wilbert Montgomery attempted three passes during his NFL career, none of them were ever completed.

-In a 1979 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Wilbert Montgomery set his personal best with 197 rushing yards.

-In 1987, Wilbert Montgomery was included among the initial group of Philadelphia Eagles players inducted into the team’s Honor Roll.

-Wilbert Montgomery had 26 one hundred yard rushing games during his NFL career.

-In 1979, Wilbert Montgomery led the league with 14 fumbles. During no other season in his career did he have more than six.

-During his NFL career, Wilbert Montgomery scored 58 touchdowns, 35 of them at home in Philadelphia and the other 23 on the road.

-During his eight years in the NFL as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilbert Montgomery wore the jersey number 31. He finished his career with one lone season as a member of the Detroit Lions where he wore jersey number 28.

-The team that Wilbert Montgomery scored the most touchdowns against during his career was the Washington Redskins with 13.

-Wilbert Montgomery got the longest run of his NFL career, a 90 yard touchdown run, during the strike shortened 1982 NFL season.

-Each of Wilbert Montgomery’s 12 career receiving touchdowns was thrown by quarterback Ron Jaworski.

-Wilbert Montgomery scored 12 receiving touchdowns during his career, three of them came against the Washington Redskins (1978, 1979, and 1982).

-In 1979, Wilbert Montgomery had 2,006 yards from scrimmage which led the entire NFL in that category.

-In a 1982 game against the Houston Oilers, Wilbert Montgomery gained 147 yards on just 17 carries, an amazing 8.65 yards per carry.

-The first touchdown that Wilbert Montgomery ever scored came in the 3rd quarter of a week 13 win over the New York Giants when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for the score.

-The most rushing touchdowns that Wilbert Montgomery ever scored in a game was three. He did this three times, twice against the Washington Redskins (in 1978 and 1979) and also once against the Houston Oilers in 1982. The most total touchdowns he scored in a game is four, which he did by adding a receiving touchdown to his stat total in each of those two games against the Redskins.

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