Several injuries to Green Bay Packers running backs in 2016 forced the coaching staff to get creative and shift wide receiver Ty Montgomery into the backfield. After his best performance in the backfield to date, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns in their 30-27 win over the Chicago Bears, Montgomery joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about if he views himself as a running back or wide receiver now.
“As a football player,” Montgomery said about what position he identifies as. “Am I receiver? Am I a running back? I like to say I’m just a football player.
“I have the mindset of no matter what you ask me to do, where you ask me to line up, what you ask me to be, I’m going to find a way to get the job done. That’s the mindset that I have.”
Of those 162 yards versus Chicago, 98 of them came after contact, displaying tremendous toughness, something Montgomery says are in his roots.
“That’s just the way I raised,” Montgomery said about his toughness. “I grew up playing a lot of running back. I grew up watching backs like Walter Payton, Earl Campbell, Emmitt Smith, Eddie George, just watching the way they finished runs and taking on contact, and I have a lot of pride in that. I like to set the tone. I like to fight for those extra yards, and I take a lot of pride on the goal line too, in short yardage situations.”
Montgomery’s game at Soldier Field got the attention of rapper Lil Wayne, who tweeted, “I may very well name my next kid or album TY Montgomery!! Girl or boy!!” It was praise the Stanford grad loved.
“That’s awesome, man. That’s an honor,” Montgomery laughed. “If I had to pick, I guess maybe an album. I just want to be on the intro or something, that’d be pretty sweet.”