In his 25th year in the National Football League, former Abilene Christian University standout Wilbert Montgomery (’77) will coach in his third Super Bowl after the Baltimore Ravens’ 28-13 victory today over New England in the AFC championship game. It was Baltimore’s third appearance in the AFC title game in Montgomery’s five years as an assistant coach for the Ravens’ running backs.
Super Bowl XLVII will be played Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The telecast will be produced by another former Wildcat, Emmy Award-winning Lance Barrow (’77) of CBS Sports.
Montgomery played nine seasons in the NFL (eight with Philadelphia, one with Detroit) before beginning his career as an NFL assistant coach in 1997 for Rams’ head coach Dick Vermeil, his former head coach with the Eagles. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV after the 1999 season with a 23-16 victory over Tennessee. They also advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI after the 2001 season, but they lost 20-17 to New England.
During his playing career, Montgomery set the Eagles rushing records for a career (6,538 yards) and season (1,512 yards in 1979), earned all-pro honors and played in the Pro Bowl. He led the NFC in kickoff returns as a rookie in 1977 (26.9 yards per return), and he led the NFL in all-purpose yards in 1979 (2,012 combined yards rushing and receiving). He led the Eagles to Super Bowl XV after the 1980 season (lost 27-10 to the Raiders), and Montgomery was a member of the inaugural class of the Eagles Hall of Fame.
A native of Greenville, Miss., Montgomery led ACU to the 1973 NAIA Division I national championship and was later elected to the College Football Hall of Fame after his four-year Wildcat career.
WILBERT MONTGOMERY’S CAREER AS AN NFL ASSISTANT COACH
1997 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 5-11 record
1998 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 4-12 record
1999 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 13-3 record, 3-0 in playoffs, won Super Bowl XXXIV 23-16 vs. Tennessee Titans
2000 – St. Louis Rams (TEs), 10-6 record, 0-1 in playoffs
2001 – St. Louis Rams (TEs), 14-2 record, 2-1 in playoffs, lost Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 vs. New England Patriots
2002 – St. Louis Rams (TEs), 7-9 record
2003 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 12-4 record, 0-1 in playoffs
2004 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 8-8 record, 1-1 in playoffs
2005 – St. Louis Rams (RBs), 6-10 record
2006 – Detroit Lions (RBs), 3-13 record
2007 – Detroit Lions (RBs), 7-9 record
2008 – Baltimore Ravens (RBs), 11-5 record, 2-1 in playoffs, lost AFC championship game 23-14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
2009 – Baltimore Ravens (RBs), 9-7 record, 1-1 in playoffs
2010 – Baltimore Ravens (RBs), 12-4 record, 1-1 in playoffs
2011 – Ravens (RBs), 12-4 record, 1-1 in playoffs, lost AFC championship game 23-20 vs. New England Patriots
2012 – Ravens (RBs), 10-6 record, 3-0 in playoffs, won AFC championship game 28-13 vs. New England Patriots
TOTAL – 157-121 in regular season and playoff games
Thanks to Garner Roberts (’70) for compiling this information.