Brock Marion

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Brock Marion
No. 31
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-06-11) June 11, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Nevada
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 7 / Pick: 196
Debuted in 1993 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2004 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 947
Interceptions 31
Touchdowns 3
Stats at NFL.com

Brock Elliot Marion (born June 11, 1970) is a former American football free safety who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the University of Nevada, Reno, he was chosen in the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions, and was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Dolphins.

Early years[edit]

Marion played high school football at West High School (Bakersfield, California), before playing college football at the University of Nevada.

In college he was a four-year starter, leading the secondary in tackles each year. He played cornerback during his first three years, before moving to strong safety as a senior. He finished his career with 303 tackles, 13 interceptions and deflected an additional 44 passes.[1]

After his sophomore season, the University of Nevada earned three consecutive conference titles. In those years he was named All-Big Sky and All-Big West.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Marion was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He was used as a backup safety and special teams player in his first two seasons.

Marion became a starter at free safety in 1995, replacing James Washington who signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent. He helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXX.

In 1996, he missed 6 games because of a season ending shoulder injury. In 1997, the Baltimore Ravens nearly signed him as a free agent, but backed out of the deal because of a failed physical. Marion ended up resigning with the Cowboys and went on to have a career high in tackles with 100.

During his time with the Cowboys he was an excellent safety, but the team couldn't keep him because of salary cap limitations.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Marion signed as a free agent with the Dolphins in 1998, reuniting him with Jimmy Johnson. That season he made 98 tackles, with no interceptions. In 1999, he recorded 98 tackles and was used as the main kick returner, getting 62 returns for a league leading 1,532 yards, including a return of 93 yards. Marion stayed with the team until his release after the 2003 season.

With the Dolphins he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2002 and 2003).

Detroit Lions[edit]

Marion signed with the Detroit Lions in 2004 where he played one season, starting all sixteen games with them, making sixty-six tackles and three interceptions before being cut by the Lions in a salary cap move on April 25 2005, replacing him with Terrence Holt as starter in free safety.

Marion retired with 676 career tackles, two quarterback sacks, 31 interceptions for 537 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 123 kickoffs for 2,951 yards. He is the oldest player with an interception return of 100+ yards (31 years, 209 days).

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Marion became the head coach for the football team at St. John Lutheran High School.

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