Ed Marinaro

Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950) is a former 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).

Ed Marinaro
No. 49
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:March 31, 1950 (age 69)
New York, 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

Football career

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 both 1970 and 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 two NCAA records: most rushes per game in a season (39.6 in 1971) and career average carries per game (34.0, 1969–71).

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.

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

Acting career

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. 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 May 2015 Tuff TV, a multicast television network targeted at men, named Marinaro as the diginet's first celebrity spokesman.

Personal life

Marinaro has a son, Eddie, with fitness expert Tracy York.[2]

Filmography (selected)

  • Fingers (1978) – Gino
  • The Gong Show Movie (1980) – Man in Locker Room
  • Hill Street Blues (1981–1986, TV series) – Officer Joe Coffey
  • Dead Aim (1987) – Malcolm 'MACE' Douglas
  • Queens Logic (1991) – Jack
  • Sisters (1991–1994, TV series) – Mitch Margolis
  • Amy Fisher: My Story (1992) – Joey Buttafuoco
  • The Protector (1998) – Gabriel
  • Circus Camp (2006) – Carlos Carrera
  • Fist of the Warrior (2007) – Raymond Miles
  • Offer and Compromise (2016) – Carl
  • Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016) – Coach Marty Daniels

See also


  1. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Ed Marinaro: Class of 1968, New Milford High School"
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 2, 2007, p. 120

External links

1971 College Football All-America Team

The 1971 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1971. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1971 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (5) the United Press International (UPI).Nine players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections. They are: quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan of Auburn; running backs Ed Marinaro of Cornell and Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma; receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn; tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas; guard Royce Smith of Georgia; defensive end Walt Patulski of Notre Dame; linebacker Mike Taylor of Michigan; and defensive back Bobby Majors of Tennessee.

1971 Cornell Big Red football team

The 1971 Cornell Big Red football team represented Cornell University in the 1971 college football season as a member of the Ivy League. The Big Red were led by sixth-year head coach Jack Musick and played their home games at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red finished the season 8–1 overall and 6–1 in Ivy League play to win Cornell's first-ever Ivy League championship, sharing the title with Dartmouth, the only team to defeat the 1971 Big Red.The team was led offensively by future NFL running back Ed Marinaro; during the 1971 season, Marinaro capped his college football career by setting a national collegiate record for career rushing yards at 4,715, which stood until being broken in 1976 by Tony Dorsett of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Marinaro won first team All-American honors and finished in a close second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. On October 30, 1971, Cornell saw its largest home football crowd in the post-1970 era with 23,000 in attendance at Schoellkopf Field (which had a capacity of 25,597) for the day's rivalry match-up against Columbia.

1972 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1972 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 12th in the National Football League. It marked the return of Fran Tarkenton to the Vikings after he had been traded to the New York Giants in 1967. In return, Minnesota sent three players to the Giants (Norm Snead, Bob Grim and Vince Clements), plus a first and second round draft choice. Tarkenton's return also led to the previous season's QB, Gary Cuozzo, being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal which sent wide receiver John Gilliam to the Vikings along with second- and fourth-round draft picks in 1973. Cardinals coach Bob Hollway was familiar with Cuozzo, having served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator under Bud Grant prior to leaving for St. Louis in 1971.

The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and seven losses and failed to improve on their 11–3 record from 1971. This would be one of only two times during the 1970s in which the Vikings failed to reach the playoffs, as they would win the NFC Central six straight years from 1973–1978 before posting a 7–9 record in 1979. The Vikings started the season with just one win in their first four games, including a surprising 19-17 loss to the lightly-regarded Cardinals in week four, when Gary Cuozzo bested his former team as Vikings kicker Fred Cox hit the upright on a potential game-winning field goal. The team recovered from their slow start, winning five of their next six to sit at 6–4. However, the Vikings would lose three of their final four games to finish the season at an even 7–7.

Avalanche Alley

Avalanche Alley is a 2001 live action Canadian television film starring Ed Marinaro, Nick Mancuso, Kirsten Robek and Wolf Larson.

Blue Mountain State

Blue Mountain State is an American television sitcom that premiered on Spike (now Paramount Network) on January 11, 2010. The series was created by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series is about a fictional university, Blue Mountain State, and its football team, the "Mountain Goats". It portrays certain aspects of American university life, including American football, sex, binge drinking, drugs, wild partying, and hazing. Over the years, due in large part to being streamable on Netflix, the series has developed a cult following.

In February 2012, it was reported that Blue Mountain State would not be renewed for a fourth season. On April 8, 2014, The BMS Movie was announced and a Kickstarter launched on April 15, 2014. The Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of $1.5 million on May 11, 2014, and the film was released in February 2016.

Champs (TV series)

Champs is an American sitcom that aired from January 9 until August 7, 1996.

Circus Island

Circus Island (also known as Circus Camp or Island Fever) is a 2006 family film by the Landers family.

The story is about Gabrielle, a teenager who runs away to find her absent father.

Cornell Big Red football

The Cornell Big Red football team represents Cornell University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) college football competition as a member of the Ivy League. It is one of the oldest and most storied football programs in the nation. The team has attained five national championships and has had seven players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Doomsday Rock

Doomsday Rock is a 1997 made-for-TV science fiction film about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The film premiered on The Family Channel on August 24, 1997.

Jack Musick

John Elmore Musick (c. 1925 – November 27, 1977) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Cornell University from 1966 to 1974.

Musick played as a lineman at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1944 to 1946. In 1947 he became an assistant coach under Bob Blackman at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, California and then followed him to Pasadena City College in 1949. In 1951 Musick became head coach at Hart High School. In 1953, he rejoined Bob Blackman at University of Denver where he served as head line coach. Musick worked in that capacity under Blackman for the next 13 years, including 11 after 1955 when both were hired by Dartmouth College. Dartmouth won four Ivy League titles with Musick coaching under Blackman.

After replacing Tom Harp at Cornell, Musick won Cornell's first official Ivy League title in 1971, and coached top rusher Ed Marinaro. In 1971 Musick was also named Division I Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. However, after back-to-back losing seasons in 1973 and 1974, and several recruiting scandals hit other sports at Cornell, Musick was terminated by the university at the end of the 1974 season. His final record was 45–33–3.

Musick died at the age of 52 on November 27, 1977 of cancer at a hospital in Clear Lake, Texas.

List of Cornell Big Red in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Cornell Big Red football players in the NFL Draft.

Panic in the Skies!

Panic in the Skies! is a television film directed by Paul Ziller premiering on The Family Channel in 1996. The film stars Kate Jackson, Ed Marinaro and Erik Estrada.

Policewoman Centerfold

Policewoman Centerfold is a 1983 television movie starring Melody Anderson and Ed Marinaro, loosely based on the story of police officer Barbara Schantz who posed for Playboy magazine in 1982.

Richard Hull (executive)

Richard Hull is an American media and entertainment executive, and film and television financier/producer. He is the Founder and CEO of Pongalo (formerly known as Latin Everywhere), which controls one of the largest libraries of Spanish-language content in the world.He has led to the creation of and produced more than 25 films and television shows, including She's All That starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. In 2011, he won the NAACP Image Award for his film For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, which he produced with Halle Berry with an introduction by Colin Powell.

In 2011, he won the NAACP Image Award for his film For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, which he produced with Halle Berry with an introduction by Colin Powell.

In 2000, he and Matthew McConaughey produced The Story of Darrell Royal about legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal. The film featured President George W. Bush, Willie Nelson, Ed Marinaro, Keith Jackson, Mack Brown and Tom Hicks.He contributed an essay to the book Dancing with Digital Natives: Staying in Step with the Generation That's Transforming the Way Business Is Done. The book won the 2012 Axiom Bronze Award and it was a 2011 USA Awards Best Books finalist.He has authored numerous articles about media and entertainment for eContent Magazine and he gave the keynote address at the Buying and Selling eContent Executive Conference in 2010. He is a frequent speaker at the Digital Hollywood conference.

Steven Ameche

Steven Ameche is an American lawyer.

Former lawyer and producer at King World/CBS working directly under President and CEO Roger King. Ameche was counsel to Matthew Katz who was an original plaintiff during the famous Napster copyright infringement litigation of the early 2000s. Former lawyer for the Hertz Investment Group. As an attorney, producer, and/or actor Ameche has worked with Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen, Roger King, Michael King, Stacy Keach, Kelly Osbourne, Bob Clark, Katy Perry, Ed Marinaro and many others.

Ed Marinaro—awards and honors

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