Photos: 12 Montanans set to kick off 2020 NFL Season
Twelve men -- two players and 10 coaches -- with strong Montana connections will be part of NFL teams when the 2020 season kicks off on Thursday.
Will Dissly (88) is beginning his third NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bozeman native was the 2013 Montana Gatorade player of the year and then played college football at the University of Washington. The Seahawks selected Dissly in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Photo by: Elaine Thompson/AP Alex Singleton (49) is starting his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles. A Thousand Oaks, Calif., native, Singleton played at Montana State from 2011-14. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, but got his first professional playing experience in the Canadian Football League. After two all-star seasons in teh CFL, Singleton signed with the Eagles in 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)Photo by: Steve Luciano/AP Gerald Alexander spent one season as Montana State's secondary coach. He's rapidly climbed the coaching ranks, going from MSU for California to the Miami Dolphins. Alexander, who had a brief playing career that included a stop with the Dolphins, is in his first season as Miami's defensive backs coach.Photo by: Courtesy MSU Bobcats Butte native and former Montana Grizzly Colt Anderson is in his first season as an NFL coach after enjoying a nine-year playing career. He joined the Cincinnati Bengals' staff as an assistant special teams coach in early 2020. (AP Photo)Photo by: (AP Photo) Rick Dennison was born in Kalispell in 1958, and his father, George, was the University of Montana president from 1990-2010. Rick Dennison played high school, college and professional football in Colorado and has been an NFL coach since 1995. He's currently the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo)Photo by: AP Tim Hauck was born in Butte but was an all-state player at Big Timber. He played at the University of Montana and then had a long NFL career from 1990-2002. He returned to the Grizzlies as a defensive backs coach from 2004-07 and got his first NFL coaching job in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans. Hauck, the brother of current Montana coach Bobby Hauck, has been the Philadelphia Eagles' safeties coach since 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Photo by: Matt Rourke/AP Ohio native Bill Kollar is one of the greatest football players in Montana State history. He was a three-time all-conference player and two-time All-American for the Bobcats and has his No. 77 jersey retired by the school. After an eight-year playing career in the NFL, Kollar has been a coach since 1984. He's currently the defensive line coach with the Denver Broncos, a position he's held since 2015. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Photo by: David Zalubowski/AP Matt LaFleur, who is starting his second season as the Green Bay Packers' head coach, had a brief stop in Montana during his playing days. LaFleur was with the Billings Outlaws of the National Indoor Football League in 2004. That was his final stop as a player, and he's since quickly climbed the coaching ladder. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Photo by: Morry Gash/AP Marc Lubick is the son of legendary coach Sonny Lubick, who coached at Butte High School and Montana State before stints at Colorado State, Stanford, Miami and again at CSU. Marc Lubick was born in Bozeman but went to high school in Colorado. He returned to Bozeman to play for Montana State from 1997-99. The younger Lubick entered the coaching profession in 2002 and is currently with the Buffalo Bills as the assistant wide receivers/game management coach. (AP Photo)Photo by: AP One of the great players in Montana State football history, DeNarius McGhee is now in his first season as part of the Houston Texans organization. After coaching three seasons with the Bobcats, McGhee joined the Texans earlier this year as an offensive assistant. (AP Photo)Photo by: AP Helena native Tom McMahon is in his 28th year coaching, including the past 13 seasons at the NFL level. His coaching career got its start at Carroll College in 1992, and he's currently in his third season as the special teams coordinator of the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo)Photo by: AP Marty Mornhinweg was a four-year starting quarterback at the University of Montana before becoming a longtime coach. His coaching career started in 1985 as the Grizzlies' receivers coach, and he got his first NFL gig with the Green Bay Packers in 1995. He's been coaching off and on in the NFL ever since and joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a senior offensive consultant this offseason. (Yong Kim/Pool Photo via AP)Photo by: YONG KIM/AP