Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers rookie linebacker Vince Biegel was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were the bye week, playing special teams, battling back from injury and playing for the home-state team. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: The bye week has come and gone. How do you feel mentally and physically as you get set for these final nine games of the regular season?
Montgomery: I'm ready to go. I'm feeling refreshed. I stayed away from football. I didn't want any part of it. And I've got a good feeling about the second half of the season.
Q: Did you do any self-reflection during the bye? Did you think back to how the first seven games have gone for you and the team? Did you do anything football-related?
Montgomery: No. It was a getaway that I was talking about last show of really taking a step back and not bringing any of the energy from the first half of the season into the second half to make sure that it really is a new start, a fresh start and a recharge. The battery is at 100 percent, ready to go now.
Q: Packers special teams coach Ron Zook said last week that he's going to lobby Mike McCarthy in getting you involved again with the special teams units. What are your thoughts on revisiting that role?
Montgomery: I'm going to keep doing what I've always done, and that's whatever is asked of me. I was asked to play special teams coming in as a rookie, and I did it. And I was asked to be a starter in the offense as a rookie, and I did it before I got hurt. And I was asked to move to running back, and I did it and I've been successful at it. So if they want me back on special teams, I'm going to go play special teams and be successful. There's nowhere they can put me where I won't be successful. I'm going to be successful.
Q: You had foot surgery in May and finally returned to practice recently. What's the game plan for you as far as being placed on the active roster? Do you have a chance to play Monday night against Detroit?
Biegel: It's definitely my goal. Now, that's kind of the question for those guys upstairs. But listen, this has been a process that has been very humbling for me. My second day on the job at Green Bay, I re-broke my foot, and I kind of started my recovery process from there. It has been a journey, definitely, that has challenged me in all aspects of my life. But I'm very grateful for it. And I know that I'm going to be coming out a stronger player in this.
Q: Did you gain an even greater appreciation for the game when you were out with the injury?
Biegel: Absolutely, definitely. Not only do you respect the game more, but it also humbles you. I definitely became a more humble person and a more thankful person for being able to play this great game.
Q: What's life like back in your native Wisconsin Rapids now that you're a member of the Green Bay Packers? Any strange or surreal moments when you're out and about in town?
Biegel: One of the biggest things about growing up in Wisconsin was I always wanted to give back and be a part of the community. When I was at the University of Wisconsin, I went to Wisconsin to be an example. My dad played at BYU - going back to my recruitment time, it was either Wisconsin or BYU. I wanted to go to Wisconsin because I wanted to be an example. I wanted to play for the people that helped grow me up in Wisconsin Rapids. And now to be able to be drafted by Green Bay and stay in the state of Wisconsin, I couldn't be more blessed. And the Packers, they are a first-class organization. ... It's really a dream come true. Very, very blessed. I'm just excited to get on the field and help the Green Bay Packers win ballgames. That's what I intend to do.