A University of Montana football and academic standout is on his way to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame.

It was formally announced Monday that wide receiver and punt returner Matt Wells, who played a key role in Montana's drive to their first NCAA Division 1-AA national championship in 1995, will be heading to the Hall in a ceremony to be held this fall on a date yet to be determined.

At 5'7'' and 160 pounds, Matt did not exactly strike fear in defensive backfields. But quickness, great hands, elusive moves and overall football smarts served him well. His accomplishments include being ranked among all-time Griz leaders with 248 catches, 3,342 receiving yards and 23 receiving touchdowns during has stellar career from 1992-1995. Matt also has the distinction of scoring both of Montana's  touchdowns in their thrilling 22-20 victory over Marshall in that 1995 national championship game. That 1995 season also earned him first-team Associated Press All-American honors.

So, what is Matt Wells up to these days? He and his wife Sara live in Parkville, Missouri, and have three daughters. Matt is Divisional Vice President covering Missouri and Kansas for American International Group.

We thank UM Sports Information Director Eric Taber for sharing the news. A great honor for a great Griz!

DB