Scottie Montgomery will participate in Super Bowl XLV as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke football standout and coaching staff member
“We’re elated for Scottie,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. “There is no finer representative of Duke University and the Duke football program than Scottie Montgomery.”
The Steelers, who captured the AFC title with a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets, will face the NFC champion Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Montgomery, a 2000 graduate of Duke and native of Cleveland County, N.C., joined the Pittsburgh organization in February of 2010 after four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater. While on the Blue Devil coaching staff, he mentored three All-ACC wide receivers in Eron Riley, Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon.
“In many ways it’s no different than when I was playing and coaching at Duke. It’s the same objective, to go out and win every week,” Montgomery said. “David Cutcliffe was the guy who helped me from an offensive standpoint more than anyone else. When I’m here, I feel like I’ve got all those guys with me. It’s been a great experience.”
As a wide receiver for the Blue Devils from 1996-99, Montgomery paced Duke in receiving three straight seasons (1997-99) and twice earned the program’s Carmen Falcone Award (1998 & 1999) as the Most Valuable Player. He joins Howard Pitt (1951-52-53) and Stan Crisson (1961-62-63) as the only Duke players to lead the program in receiving in three straight years and is one of just five two-time team MVPs in school history.
On Duke’s all-time pass receiving charts, Montgomery ranks second in receptions (171), fourth in yards (2,379) and tied for eighth in touchdowns (13). He caught 51 passes in both 1997 and 1999 and registered a career-high 60 receptions as a junior in 1998. The 60 catches marked the most by a Duke player in a single season since All-America Clarkston Hines hauled in 61 passes during the 1989 campaign. Hines and Montgomery are the only Duke players to post three straight seasons with at least 50 receptions and 600 yards.
Montgomery played professionally with the NFL’s Denver Broncos (2000-02) and Oakland Raiders (2003).