|No. 94, 96, 72, 95, 97|
|Born:||October 10, 1981|
Albany, Georgia, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||302 lb (137 kg)|
|High school:||Dougherty (Albany, Georgia)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Montavious Stanley (born October 10, 1981) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Louisville.
Stanley attended Dougherty Comprehensive High School, where he was an accomplished three-sport athlete. As a junior he had 17 sacks, helping his team to a state title and a 13–2 record.
He was a three-time All-Region selection in basketball, helping his team win a state title as a senior, while averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also practiced track for two years, finishing third in the region in the discus and shot put competitions as a senior.
Stanley accepted a football scholarship from the University of Louisville. As a redshirt freshman, he began his college career as a defensive end, tallying 16 tackles (2.5 tackles for loss) and one fumble recovery.
As a sophomore, he became a starter at left defensive end on a defensive line that included future NFL players Elvis Dumervil and Amobi Okoye. He was moved to left defensive tackle for the 2003 GMAC Bowl. He finished with 37 tackles (13 for loss), 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
As a junior, he started at right defensive tackle, registering 30 tackles (4.5 tackles for loss), 4 sacks 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown against Tulane University.
As a senior, although his first start came in the third game against the University of South Florida, he received All-Big East honors. He posted a career-high 48 tackles (10 for loss), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries. He finished his career ranked 12th in school history with 12.5 sacks and tied for ninth with 30 tackles for loss.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
St. Louis Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars (first stint)
On September 12, 2006, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him from the Rams' practice squad for depth purposes, after defensive end Reggie Hayward was placed on the injured reserve list. He was declared inactive in his first 3 games. He played in 3 out of 4 games, posting 4 tackles, half a sack, and a forced fumble. He was cut on November 14.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
New Orleans Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars (second stint)
On July 23, 2009, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went on to play in a career-high 15 games (no starts), finishing with 24 tackles (1 for loss), one sack and 3 passes defensed. He was waived on April 26, 2010.
Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)
On July 25, 2010, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins, reuniting him with various coaches and front office personnel from the Dallas Cowboys, including Bill Parcells who was his head coach as a rookie. He was acquired for depth purposes after Jason Ferguson retired and was released on September 4.
Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL)
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- "2005 Cardinal Football Outlook - Defensive Line". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "2006 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "League Will Meet With Redskins' Jansen to Discuss Claim of Drug Use". The New York Times. 13 September 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "New Orleans Saints sign four players". The Times-Picayune. October 9, 2008.
- "Jaguars reach deal with DT Montavious Stanley". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "Four veteran defensive players cut by the Jaguars". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "Dolphins add journeyman DT Montavious Stanley". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "Kicker Dave Rayner among eight players released by Detroit Lions". 29 August 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
- "UFL 2011 Season Rosters Announced". 12 September 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2023.