David Montgomery
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Montgomery at 2018 Big 12 Media Days
No. 32 – Chicago Bears
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-06-07) June 7, 1997 (age 22)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Healthy
College:Iowa State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
* Chicago Bears ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team Pro Football Focus All-American (2017)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

David Montgomery (born June 7, 1997)[1] is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. He was not a highly touted recruit coming out of high school but was a standout player in college. Montgomery was a consensus First-team All-Big 12 player in 2017.[2][3]

High school careerEdit

Growing up in the Cincinnati Ohio area, he is an Eagle Scout[4] in addition to being a standout prep dual threat quarterback. Over his four-year career he rushed for 6,666 yards and 91 touchdowns.[5] In 2015 he was named the Division III Ohio Player of the Year[6] as well as the Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year.[7] His senior season rushing total of 2,707 was good enough for the 21st best single season performance in Ohio high school history.[8] He posted seven 200-yard games and three 300-yard games, including one 373 yard performance.[9]


Despite a record breaking high school career, Montgomery was only lightly recruiting to continue his football career in college. He was only recruited by Miami (OH), Ball State, Buffalo, and Iowa State. He eventually committed to the Cyclones.[10]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
David Montgomery
[[Cincinnati, Ohio]] Mount Healthy 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Feb 3, 2016 
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

2016 seasonEdit

As a true freshman in 2016, Montgomery played in all 12 games and started the final four contests. He led the team in rushing with 563 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.[11] This was good enough to be the second-best freshman performance in school history. In his second career start he rushed 169 yards on 24 carries to defeat Kansas.[12] He was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for that performance.[13] He finished the season with 141 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving against West Virginia.[14]

At the conclusion of the season Montgomery was named to the honorable mention Freshman All-America team by Campus Insiders.[15]

2017 seasonEdit

Montgomery's break out season was in 2017. He led the Cyclones in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage with 1,095 and 1,383 respectively.[1] He finished second in the Big 12 in rushing yards and touchdowns behind only Justice Hill.[16] Montgomery led the nation in forced missed tackles with 104, breaking the previous record of 89 set by Dalvin Cook.[17] Against Iowa he ran for 113 yards, rushed for a touchdown, and had 53 yards on receptions.[18] In an upset win at #3 Oklahoma, Montgomery ran for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught 7 passes for 89 yards.[19] He had a career day against Texas Tech rushing for 164 yards on 28 attempts, averaging 5.9 yards per play.[20] Montgomery had a three straight 100 yard performances against West Virginia,[21] Oklahoma State,[22] and Baylor[23] with 115, 105, and 144 yards respectively including three touchdowns against the Cowboys.

Montgomery received multiple accolades at the end of the regular season. He was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus[24] as well as consensus first-team All-Big 12.[25]

College statisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving
Year Team GP GS Att Yards Avg TDs Rec Yards Avg TDs
2016 Iowa State 12 4 109 563 5.2 2 13 129 9.9 0
2017 Iowa State 13 13 258 1,147 4.4 11 36 296 8.2 0
2018 Iowa State 12 11 257 1,216 4.7 13 22 157 7.1 0
College Totals 37 28 624 2,926 4.7 26 71 582 8.4 0

Professional careerEdit

On January 7, 2019, Montgomery announced that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.[27] The Chicago Bears drafted Montgomery in the third round with the 73rd overall pick in the draft.[28] Montgomery signed a four-year rookie contract with the team on June 14.[29]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Iowa State Athletics".
  3. "Playoff QB Mayfield top Big 12 offensive player for 2nd time".
  4. "Peterson: Iowa State's David Montgomery is the key to an offense with a key to a city".
  5. "David Montgomery's High School Timeline".
  6. "Mount Healthy's David Montgomery named Division III state offensive player of the year".
  7. "Montgomery honored as Division III OPOY". 2 December 2015.
  8. Dyer, Mike (7 December 2017). "Former Mount Healthy High School football standout David Montgomery named an All-American".
  9. "Southwest Ohio Conference".
  10. "David Montgomery, Iowa State Cyclones, Running Back".
  11. "2016 Iowa State Cyclones Schedule and Results - College Football at".
  12. "Iowa State vs. Kansas - Game Summary - November 12, 2016 - ESPN".
  13. "Iowa State's Montgomery named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week".
  14. "West Virginia vs. Iowa State - Game Summary - November 26, 2016 - ESPN".
  15. "2016 Freshman All-American Team". 2016-12-13.
  16. "2017 Big 12 Conference Leaders - College Football at".
  17. "Iowa State running back David Montgomery breaks PFF College's single-season forced missed tackles record".
  18. "Iowa vs. Iowa State - Game Summary - September 9, 2017 - ESPN".
  19. "Iowa State stuns Oklahoma on late Allen Lazard TD".
  20. "Kempt throws 3 TDs, Iowa State dumps Texas Tech 31-13".
  21. "Iowa State vs. West Virginia - Game Summary - November 4, 2017 - ESPN".
  22. "Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State - Game Summary - November 11, 2017 - ESPN".
  23. "Iowa State vs. Baylor - Game Summary - November 18, 2017 - ESPN".
  24. "Iowa State's Montgomery named All-American by Pro Football Focus".
  25. @BrianMozey, Brian Mozey, "NOTEBOOK: Matt Campbell and players on Big 12 honors, David Montgomery, Bryce Meeker".
  26. "David Montgomery College Stats - College Football at".
  27. Birch, Tommy (January 7, 2019). "Iowa State running back David Montgomery enters NFL Draft". Des Moines Register. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  28. Finley, Patrick (2019-04-26). "Bears trade up, take Iowa State running back David Montgomery". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  29. "Bears sign top draft pick David Montgomery to 4-year rookie contract". Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.

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