Aug 05

Sun Devil Nation and the Sun Devil Football program express their sympathy for the family of George Montgomery, who passed away on July 31. He was 43 years old and we want all to share in supporting his wife Heather and their two children, Kiele, 14, and Makonnen, 13.

Montgomery, a running back who wore No. 23 and played for the Devils from 1990-93, was a team captain his senior season in 1993. He was the Sun Devils’ leading rusher in 1991 with 475 yards on 113 carries and posted four 100 yard rushing games. He attended Sun Devil football games and made Sun Devil athletics a part of his family’s life. 

LINK: Former ASU football captain’s death devastates family

He was selected ASU’s Most Valuable Player of the Week by ABC Sports for his performance against USC on Sept. 21, 1991, when he ran for 136 yards on 22 carries, and both him and Mario Bates each ran for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games in 1993 against Stanford and then-No. 19 Washington, respectively. 

ASU Director of Athletics Charles Harris named Montgomery to the prestigious Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 1991. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for George,” Harris said at the time of the announcement on Dec. 3, 1991. “He is one of only 16 student-athletes on the committee and this appointment carries a great deal of responsibility with it. I speak for the entire athletic department as well as the University in saying we are very proud to have George on this committee.”

Anyone with information on the passing is asked to contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

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