It happened mid-season last year, the announcement that Ty Montgomery would be playing both receiver, his original position, and also putting in some work as a running back.
This season, he’s committed to making that switch complete and permanent.
“Do I want to play in the NFL for a longer period of time and not be as happy because I’m not having the amount of success that I’d like to have?” Montgomery said Tuesday to ESPN. “And if running back gives me that, then I’d rather play 6-8 years in the league and having a successful career and having a lot of fun doing it and not always battling to be somebody’s fourth, fifth or sixth receiver, even if it meant a 10-12 year career.”
“So, would I rather be trying to be someone’s No. 1 running back than being somebody’s fourth, fifth or sixth receiver? Would I rather be trying to make someone’s team as a fourth, fifth, sixth receiver and potentially not making as much money as I could if I played 6-8 years in the league and have the potential to make the amount of money I could at the running back position? It all came down to quality over quantity, and I want the quality of years to be what I want.”
There’s still some adjustments that Montgomery needs to make, but he’s working hard and excited for a brand new opportunity this season.
When asked if he was ready to double his 77 carries from last season, Montgomery answered:
“I’m ready for it. If I didn’t think I was ready, then I don’t think I would be in this position I’m in right now. Just because I haven’t done it yet doesn’t mean that I can’t be ready for it.”
Montgomery will be competing with three draft picks to be the go-to-guy in Green Bay. Fourth-round pick, fifth-round pick , and seventh-round pick will be his competition.
Montgomery is adhering to the manta that the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long, so here’s hopping he can do some amazing things for the Packers in his ‘new’ position.
Source: Rob Demovsky - ESPN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS