Cliff Montgomery (September 17, 1910 – April 21, 2005) was the captain of the Columbia University Lions college football team that won the 1934 Rose Bowl Game. Montgomery, the quarterback, called a trick play known as KF-79, that led to Columbia's 7-0 upset over Stanford University. It was widely regarded as one of the greatest athletic upsets of the twentieth century and Montgomery was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He went on to play for one season with the National Football League Brooklyn Dodgers.
Montgomery served with the United States Navy during World War II. He earned the Silver Star during the 1945 invasion of Okinawa, credited with saving the lives of 400 sailors on April 6, 1945 when he navigated his flagship alongside a burning destroyer in rough seas.
An executive at McGraw Hill, Montgomery spent 25 years as a college football official and earned a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame. He met seven United States Presidents and appeared in a "Got Milk?" advertisement.
By Dean Hanley
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