Unveiling of The Montana Football Hall of Fame
Welcome to the Montana Football Hall of Fame
“This hall of fame is something that should have been in place for years,” said Rick Halmes, Big Huddle chair . “It’s to honor all of the great accomplishments of past players, coaches and contributors that have helped support the game we all love from across the state.” We have discovered over 200 Montana student athletes that have gone on to the elite level of the NFL/CFL since 1926. The first player we have found was from Butte, Jack McAuliffe, who played with the Green Bay Packers in 1926. Butte and Anaconda produced many of the first NFL players from our state, including Bill and Milan Lazetich. Bill's son Pete, from Billings Senior, will be inducted along with his father and uncle Milan who both played for the Cleveland Rams in the 40's. We believe there are currently 21 players in the NFL/CFL from Montana high schools and colleges, that's not counting broadcasters, trainers and coaches.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 class through May 31, 2019.
Selections will be made by August 31 and announced on September 1.
SAVE THE DATES:
March 28, 2020 - 2020 Montana Football Hall of Fame Banquet
Preceded by Morgan Stanley Reception, the evening of March 27, 2020.
All Events at Billings Hotel and Convention Center.
Tickets for tables & individuals go on sale January 2 at all Universal Athletic Stores, and can also be purchased at universalathletic.com/hall-of-fame.
2019 INDUCTEES INCLUDE:
BARRY DARROW, CMRussel High School, UofM, Cleveland Browns
SCOTT GRAGG, Silverton, OR, UofM, New York Giants
THATCHER SZALAY, Whitefish, UofM, Cincinnati Bengals
JON BORCHARDT, MN, MSU, Buffalo Bills
MIKE MCLEOD, Bozeman, MSU, Edmonton, Green Bay
PAUL CHAMPLIN, Pittsburgh, Eastern Montana College, San Francisco 49ers
BOB MCCULLOUGH, Helena, CO, Denver Broncos
RALPH SCOTT, HARDIN, WISCONSIN, CHICAGO BEARS 1920
MILT "Butte Bullet" POPOVICH
KEN STANINGER, PLAYER REP, MISSOULA
SONNY LUBICK, COACH, BUTTE