Mark Smolinski

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Mark Smolinski
Date of birth (1939-05-09) May 9, 1939 (age 78)
Place of birth Alpena, Michigan, United States
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Wyoming
Career history
As player
(19611962) Baltimore Colts
19631968 New York Jets
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Rushing yards 1,323
Rush attempts 421
Rushing TDs 9
Receptions 103
Receiving yards 841

Mark Wayne Smolinski (born May 9, 1939) was a professional American football player for the NFL's Baltimore Colts and the AFL's World Champion New York Jets.

Personal life[edit]

Smolinski went to school in Rogers City, Michigan where he now summers on Grand Lake in Presque Isle, Michigan. He married his wife Janice (Wetsch) Smolinski on June 1, 1968 and has three children: Shawn, Erica and Shadd. He has five grandchildren two that live in Northern Michigan, two in Montana and one in California.

Coaching career[edit]

Upon retiring from professional football, Smolinski returned to Northern Michigan and took a coaching job at Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan where he currently resides.

Historical Museum[edit]

In 2009, Smolinski was honored by the Presque Isle Historical Museum as "a hometown hero to several generations."[1] The exhibit featured photos and memorabilia from both his high school days and his professional career.