Glenn Montgomery

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Glenn Montgomery
Date of birth (1967-03-31)March 31, 1967
Place of birth New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of death June 28, 1998(1998-06-28) (aged 31)
Place of death Dallas, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Defensive tackle
College Houston
NFL draft 1989 / Round: 5
Career history
As player
1989–1995 Houston Oilers
1996 Seattle Seahawks
Career stats

Glenn Steven Montgomery (March 31, 1967 – June 28, 1998) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League.

Football career[edit]

Montgomery grew up in a poverty-stricken area and starred at West Jefferson High School in Harvey, Louisiana. His brother, Sean, a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic wrestling team, developed problems related to schizophrenia.[1] To help his brother, Montgomery accepted a scholarship to Houston, where his 12 sacks during his 1988 senior season was one short of a team record. Concerned about the welfare of his brother, he almost left the school, but he was talked out of it by the coaches.

The 6-foot (1.8 m), 283-pound Montgomery was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft and became a starter by 1993. Despite his lack of height for his position, Montgomery steadily grew into a defensive force throughout his seven years with Houston.

In 1996, Montgomery was traded from the Oilers to the Seattle Seahawks.[2]


Montgomery was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in July 1997 and died of the disease in Dallas, Texas on June 28, 1998. He was 31 years old.[3]

He founded the Glenn Montgomery Foundation, which helped patients coping with the disease.

In the months before his death, Montgomery had been working with a Houston television reporter on a series about the effects of the disease. The Houston Muscle Team Dinner, held shortly after Montgomery died, was dedicated to him. The event attracted more than 450 people and raised $107,000 to benefit MDA programs throughout the Texas Gulf Coast area.[4]


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