An untouchable tailback who shattered NCAA records.
Born March 31, 1950 in New York, New York, Ed Marinaro tore through NCAA records in three seasons as tailback at Cornell University.
Between 1969 and 1971, Marinaro set records in rushing and scoring and was rewarded with all major honors – except the Heisman Trophy. Marinaro broke Steve Owens’ all-time career rushing records by gaining a total of 4,123 yards, making him the first player to top the 4,000 mark in three seasons.
In addition, Marinaro set an NCAA season record of 1,881 yards, and his career average of 174.6 yards is also an NCAA record. In all, Marinaro’s college career established eight NCAA records.
Marinaro holds 12 Ivy League Records and was a charter member of the Cornell University Hall of Fame. He was named Ivy League player of the era and chosen unanimously for the first Ivy League Football Silver Anniversary team. In 1971, his jersey #44 became the only football jersey retired by Cornell.
Marinaro parlayed his charming demeanor and good looks into a successful acting career, most notably on TV’s long-running “Hill Street Blues.” He also played the Head Football Coach on Spike TV’s comedy “Blue Mountain State.”
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.