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Old School Football Pros from Billings – Our Top 5

Football season is here, and although we might not have an NFL of our own in Montana, there's been several players who lived or grew up in Billings that went pro.  We've found some of the ones you may not have heard of.  See if they played for your favorite team.

Ed Breding


Edward Vincent Breding was born November 3, 1944 in Billings. He was a linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. Breding played college football at Texas A&M and was drafted in the 15th round of the 1967 NFL Draft.


Kurt Burris


Kurt Burris was born on June 27, 1932 in Nowata, Oklahoma. He played as center for Oklahoma, where he was an All-American and finished second in the 1954 Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2000 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Burris was selected in the 1955 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, he went to the Canadian Football League, where he played for five seasons. Burris settled in Billings until he died on July 21, 1999. He had five brothers who also played football at Oklahoma, including three time All-American Paul “Buddy” Burris.


Mitch Donahue


Mitch Donahue was born in 1968 in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Billings West High School in 1986. He played college football as a defensive lineman at the University of Wyoming. Donahue spent four seasons in the NFL as a player for the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.


Kirk Scrafford


Kirk Tippet Scrafford was born March 13, 1967 in Billings. Tippet played offensive lineman for nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Denver Broncos, and the San Francisco 49ers. His teammates included Steve Young, Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.


Keith Wortman


Keith Delane Wortman was born July 20, 1950 in Billings. He was an offensive lineman who played 10 seasons in the NFL. He played with the Green Bay Packers from 1972 – 1975, and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1976 – 1981. Wortman played his college ball at the University of Nebraska.


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