The ex-NFL star Ed Marinaro is a telling example of what it means to be retired but not tired. After decades of an illustrious career that saw the former running back winning laurels right from his high school days and setting ageless records in both the NCAA and NFL histories, he finally took an honourable bow from the American football world in 1977. But the indefatigable athlete is not one to retire and rest. Instead, he started an entirely new career, this time as a Hollywood professional.
What is the secret of Marinaro’s seemingly endless energy? How did he fare in the two careers that have characterized his life? Learn interesting facts about Ed Marinaro in this post.
The American football legend was born on March 31, 1950, in New York City, to parents whose details we do not have yet.
The then-budding star went through the regular school system. However, while we do not have the details of his elementary school, available records show that Ed Marinaro attended New Milford High School in New York’s neighboring state of New Jersey. It was there at New Milford that young Ed’s footballing talent began to manifest clearly as part of the football team – New Milford Knights.
After high school, Ed proceeded to Cornell University, an Ivy League research college in New York. As everyone expected of him, he played college football at Cornell. But then, he also exceeded the expectation by setting 16 NCAA records before he eventually graduated. For instance, Ed was the first running back ever in NCAA history to run for 4,000 career rushing yards. Thus, for two years running (1970 and 1971), Ed occupied the number 1 position in rushing all over the nation. Still, in 1971, Ed was the winner of the Maxwell Award and was also named the UPI College Football Player Of The Year.
With the above-given background, Ed Marinaro had perfectly charted a course for a prosperous professional career. His professional career lasted for six seasons and during this time, he played for Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. In his days at Vikings, he appeared in two Super Bowls in a row. Of course, this is just one out of a long list of laudable records that decorated Ed’s professional career. Thus, in 1991, he was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame.
As already mentioned, after his retirement from professional football, Ed Marinaro has since become a Hollywood actor. Between 1978 and 2016, he has filled not less than a dozen movie roles. He is perhaps most remembered for his 2016 role as Coach Marty Daniels in Spike TV’s football comedy series Blue Mountain State. His first credited movie role was as ‘Gino’ in a 1978 drama film named Fingers. Among others, one important role that Ed has filled is as officer Joe Coffey in NBC’s primetime serial police drama Hill Street Blues between 1981 and 1986.
Family (Parents & Wife)
Ed Marinaro is an American by birth. That means his parents were Americans. However, for now, this happens to be the only detail we have on the athlete-actor’s parents and family of birth.
Then, talking about his own generated family, Ed currently lives with his wife and has a son. He married his girlfriend Tracy York on December 31, 2001. Tracy who works as a fitness expert bore him a son named Eddie.
As of 2019, Ed Marinaro’s net worth stands at $3 million approximately. Of course, his primary sources of income have been his career ventures as an American football player, especially since his college days and as an actor. He has done remarkably well at both careers.
Other Interesting Facts About Ed Marinaro
1. Ed Marinaro stands at a height of 6 feet, 2 inches (equivalent to 188cm or 1.88m) while his weight is listed as 212lb (or 96kg).
2. When Ed Marinaro was playing for Minnesota Vikings, the team became the National Football Conference’s Champion for two years in a row (1973 and 1974). Of course, that’s what gave him the right to compete in Super Bowls VIII and IX, although his team lost in both cases.
3. In his entire professional football career, Ed Marinaro recorded 1,319 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns.
4. In 1971, Ed Marinaro was the first runner-up to Patrick Joseph Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy.