Sons of Joe Montana, Cris Carter will attend NFL Super Regional Combine

By John Breech |

Joe Montana's son, Nate, will participate in the NFL's Super Regional Combine in Dallas on April 6 and 7. (USATSI)

In only its second year of existence, the NFL's regional combine system -- launched by the league in 2012 to supplement the national combine in Indianapolis -- has had some interesting participants.

In early March, Lauren Silberman became the first female to participate in an NFL tryout when she showed up at the New Jersey regional combine. Later in March, former Harlem Globetrotter Maurice Shaw participated at a regional combine in Seattle.

Now, the regional combine season will wrap up in Dallas on April 6 and 7 with the Super Regional Combine and there won't be any shortage of interesting participants -- interesting participants who happen to have famous fathers.

Quarterback Nate Montana and wide receiver Duron Carter are both set to partake in the event, according to The Super Regional is being held at Cowboys Stadium. Nate is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, while Duron is the son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter.

Both players are hoping to get an NFL look, despite rocky college careers.

Nate Montana's college career started at Notre Dame, ended at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan and included stops at Pasadena Community College and the University of Montana in between.

Nate's most successful stop came with the D-II Bobcats last season when he threw for 2,480 yards and 19 touchdowns, leading the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in both categories.

Duron Carter's college career was a bit bumpier than Nate Montana's.

Carter started at Ohio State -- like his dad -- but transferred after experiencing academic troubles. The younger Carter then ended up at Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas where he racked up 690 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. After a year at Coffeyville, Carter transferred to Alabama, but he never saw the field in Tuscaloosa due to more academic problems. Carter then ended up at Florida Atlantic, but again, never saw the field because of eligibility issues.

Carter and Montana may be long shots to get drafted and even longer shots to make an NFL roster, but it's not impossible. A total of 14 players who participated in regional combines last season made an active 53-man roster and another 14 ended up on practice squads.

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