We have discovered over 200 past Montana student athletes that have gone on to the elite level of the NFL/CFL since 1926. The first player we 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, was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame in 2016 along with his father and uncle Milan who both played for the Cleveland Rams in the 40’s. We believe there are currently 14 players in the NFL/CFL from Montana high schools and colleges; that’s not counting broadcasters, trainers and coaches.
2020 marks our 5th year for the Hall of Fame and there are many more accolades to bestow on our Montana athletes, coaches and support people who have contributed in a big way to the advancement of the Montana work ethic in student athletes.
SAVE THE DATES!
March 27, 2020 - Morgan Stanley Reception (evening)
March 28, 2020 - Montana Football Hall of Fame Banquet
The events will be held at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center on Mullowney Lane in Billings, MT.
We are expecting a crowd of 600+ at this year’s banquet, so be sure to get your tickets early!
There will be 15-20 inductees from previous years in attendance.
Tickets for tables ($800) and individuals ($100) go on sale January 2nd at all Universal Athletic Stores and at the UA website.
BOB BEERS, U of M, NFL Scout (Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans)
DAN CARPENTER, Helena High, U of M, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills
KEN AMATO, MSU, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys (Asst. Coach)
SHANE WILLIAM COLLINS, Arizona State, Washington Redskins
STEVE OKONIEWSKI, U of M, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers
TRAVIS LULAY, MSU, BC Lions (CFL)
VICTOR LINSKOG, Roundup High School, Stanford University, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers (Scout)