Marquez Pope

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Marquez Pope
Date of birth: (1970-10-29) October 29, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback & Safety
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 2/ Pick 33
Organizations
As player:
1992-1993
1994
1995-1998
1999
2000-2001
San Diego Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Cleveland Browns
Oakland Raiders
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Marquez Pope (born October 29, 1970, in Nashville, Tennessee) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. A 5'11" cornerback-safety from Fresno State University, Pope played for 5 teams in 10 NFL seasons from 1992 to 2001. His best year as a pro came during the 1996 season for the San Francisco 49ers, intercepting 6 passes with 1 touchdown. During his pro career, Pope was known to be among the hardest hitters in the NFL.

Pope is the only National Football League player in history to play on all California teams (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland). He also inspired the Marquez Pope rule, which states that a fumble recovered by a defensive player will be spotted at the spot of the recovery, not where the player's momentum leads him. This occurred because in 2000, Pope recovered a fumble by Seahawk Ricky Watters, but a rainy field at Husky Stadium in Seattle caused him to slide into his own end zone with the ball, which led to a safety for the Seahawks.