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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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Montana: No. 49 football state

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No. 50 pro | No. 42 college | No. 46 high school

No. 50 Montana

While Montana is far from the center of the football universe, the state knows enough to convert Norwegian Jan Stenerud into one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. He was attending Montana State on a skiing scholarship when he was spotted kicking field goals and invited to play football. In 19 seasons as a pro, he hit 373 field goals and 580 PATs with the Chiefs (three field goals in their Super Bowl IV win), Packers and Vikings. Griz running back Justin Green is currently playing for the Ravens.
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No. 42 Montana

Division I-AA Montana and Montana State meet in the "Brawl of the Wild" rivalry. Quarterback and Missoula native "Wild Bill" Kelly provided the spark for the 1924-26 Montana teams. Low-key Hall of Fame coach Bernie Bierman began his career with the Grizzlies. Bobcats quarterback Dennis Erickson is now better known as a successful and well-traveled coach.
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John Risken
Montana fan John Risken: The University of Montana Grizzlies have been to the I-AA playoffs for 14 straight years, a record. During that time, UM has played in the national championship game five times (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2004), winning the title in 1995 and 2001. Read more from John

No. 46 Montana

The vast expanse of Montana has more than 900,000 residents, but they enjoy watching football. The Treasure State has two current NFL players. Spring 2006 D-I signees: zero. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 149.
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1) Montana's greatest accomplishment?

The Grizzlies have won eight consecutive Big Sky Conference titles
The Grizzlies won the Division I-AA national championship in 1995 and 2001
The Bobcats won the Division I-AA national championships in 1965, 1976 and 1984