By Lance E. Ott
San Gorgonio High School
Tyrone Montgomery who played for the Oakland Raiders ...
and Los Angeles Rams is now giving back to the community by serving as an intervention specialist for the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
The students at San Bernardino High School may be too young to remember Montgomery on the football field, however, they have had the opportunity to receive his guidance and wisdom on their campus.
Montgomerys football career began at the University of Mississippi, he ran track as well. He was drafted by the NFL and played four seasons for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders and a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams.
I found Montgomery to be polite and respectful, I asked him a few questions about his career as a player and the career he is pursuing now. When asked about the sports he played in high school and college, his response was track, football, and basketball for Greenville High in Mississippi. He played point guard for the basketball team and kicker, running back, and wide receiver for the football team.
Montgomery is one of the very few NFL players to have earned a college degree. As the interview proceeded, Mr. Montgomery related the value of academic success. In regards to the importance of academic success he said, Oh yes, it was very important to me, in fact I majored in sociology.
Montgomery stated that he had brothers that played for the Raiders with him. They also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. He added that he admired everyone he played with, especially Bo Jackson, Joe Montana, and Emmitt Smith. Some of my fondest memories come from games against the Broncos, Jets, and San Diego Chargers.
Montgomery said that some of his greatest sports memories were his All-American years in high school competing in track, football, and basketball. The last question I asked was how has the NFL supported athletes like him as voices in our school district, and how he connects with high school kids?
He replied saying only a certain amount of people could accomplish the things Ive done. He said to connect with the kids you just have to be able to relate, understand their problems, practice what you preach and above all, win their trust.
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