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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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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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