Ed Marinaro

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Ed Marinaro
No. 49
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1950-03-31) March 31, 1950 (age 70)
New York City, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:New Milford (NJ)
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,319
Rushing touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950) is a former professional American football player and actor. In 1971, he finished as a runner-up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy, and from 2010–2011 starred in the football comedy series, Blue Mountain State. He is also known as a regular cast member on Hill Street Blues, playing Officer Joe Coffey for five seasons (1981–1986).

Football career[edit]

Marinaro played high school football in New Milford, New Jersey, for the New Milford High School Knights.[1]

Marinaro played college football at Cornell University, where he set over 16 NCAA records. He was the first running back in NCAA history to run for 4,000 career rushing yards and led the nation in rushing in 1971.

Marinaro was runner-up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy in 1971, the highest finish for an Ivy League player since the league de-emphasized football in the mid-1950s. Princeton's Dick Kazmaier won the award in 1951 when the Ivy was still considered a major football conference. Marinaro won the 1971 Maxwell Award and the UPI College Football Player of the Year as the top player in college football. He holds four NCAA records: most rushes per game in a season (39.6 in 1971), career average carries per game (34.0, 1969–71), most rushing yards per game over an entire career (174.6, 1969–71), and earliest game reaching 1,000 rushing yards (5th, 1971).

While at Cornell, Marinaro was a member of Psi Upsilon and was selected for membership in the Sphinx Head Society. He went on to play professional football for six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, appearing in Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl IX with the Vikings. He scored 13 touchdowns over his career.

Acting career[edit]

After leaving football, Marinaro became an actor. He has been a cast member on a number of television series, including Laverne & Shirley and Sisters. He joined the regular cast of Hill Street Blues in 1981 playing officer Joe Coffey until 1986. Furthermore he co-presented the Cristal Light USA National Aerobic Championshsip. He also appeared in the 2006 film Circus Island.

Marinaro played the head football coach for three seasons on Spike TV's comedy, Blue Mountain State.

In September 2019, Marinaro appeared as a guest on Turner Classic Movies, appearing in wraparounds with Ben Mankiewicz to introduce a series of films centered around college football.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Marinaro is married to fitness expert Tracy York and together they have a son Eddie.[3]


Marinaro was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.[4]

In January 2020, Marinaro was named by ESPN as one of the "150 greatest players in college football's 150-year history," ranking at number 126.[5] He was one of only three Ivy League players on the list.[6] ESPN wrote of Marinaro, "It is up for debate as to whether Marinaro is the last great running back produced by the Ivy League. What is not up for debate are the numbers that illustrate his production."[5]

Filmography (selected)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too"[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Ed Marinaro: Class of 1968, New Milford High School"
  2. ^ College Football Hall of Fame [@cfbhall] (July 22, 2019). "Tune into @tcm throughout the month of September and hear from @cfbhall legends Ed Marinaro, @CoachLouHoltz88 and host @BenMank77. #CFB150 #ImARealFan" (Tweet). Retrieved February 15, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 2, 2007, p. 120
  4. ^ "Ed Marinaro". National Football Foundation. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The 150 greatest players in college football's 150-year history". ESPN. ESPN. January 13, 2020. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Marinaro Named Top 150 Player In College Football History By ESPN". Cornell University Athletics. Cornell University Athletics. January 14, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.

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