Ty Montgomery just doesn’t love playing for the Green Bay Packers. He also really loves Green Bay.
Montgomery told his story of switching to running back last season in an article on The Player’s Tribune. In it, Montgomery discusses how the transition came about.
Then one day, I walked past Mike McCarthy in the hallway. He stopped me, said hello … and then he mentioned that he had an idea.
The coaches had been talking, and they thought they could use me in a lot of different ways out of the backfield. So they were thinking about trying me out at running back, if I was up for it.
I was like, “Hey, if you’re even thinking about it, let’s just do it. Let’s dive right in and see how it goes.”
I kept my best “be professional” face as we shook hands and went our separate ways. But as I walked down the hall, I was on a cloud. I was light on my feet, light in my spirit. I knew it was going to be a big opportunity for me.
Montgomery also mentions that during camp in 2016, he wasn’t even sure if he would make the team.
I’m serious. I can actually remember coming home from practice early in camp to find my wife unpacking some boxes, and I sarcastically said, “Don’t unpack too much just yet, because I’m not sure how long we’re gonna be here.”
Montgomery and in his wife actually live in Green Bay year-round, which is rare among players.
It’s funny: I was born in Mississippi, grew up in Dallas and went to college in California. And when I go back to those places and tell people how much I love living in Green Bay, they think I’m kidding, or that I’m just being nice. Like it’s such a small town and it’s so cold and so … Green Bay … that I couldn’t possibly love it as much as I say I do.
But I honestly do.
Living in Green Bay is a simple life. It’s not crowded. There’s no traffic. It’s quiet. There’s good golf, good food, good beer — great beer.
But what it really comes down to is the people.
This season — my first full year as a running back — is only the beginning. I love it here in Green Bay, and I hope God’s plan is for me to be a Green Bay Packer for life.