Throwback Thursday: Cornell Football’s Heisman Nominee, Hall-of-Famer Marinaro Helps Bring a B
On Saturday, November 8th, 1969, quarterback Rich Furbush and tailback Ed Marinaro led the Big Red football team to a 14-7 victory over Brown. The game took place despite the pouring rain that persisted for the entire game. The first period of the game went by with no score from either team. The Brown offense struggled to get by the Big Red defense led by linebackers Vic Livingston and Dennis Lubozynski. Cornell suffered from some painful fumbles that prevented scoring drives. The first score occurred from a fumble by Brown at its own 44-yard line. In the second period, Furbush led the drive from there to the end zone, capping off with a one-yard sneak by Furbush. Brown then answered with a touchdown of its own with a 67-yard drive culminating in a four-yard run by running back Kurt Franke. The final score of the game came off another pass by Furbush to give the Big Red the decisive lead.
One particular player of note in this game was tailback Ed Marinaro, who had 83 yards in just 24 carries. In this season, he led the nation in rushing yards with an impressive 1425 years in the 1970 season. He set 16 NCAA records, including becoming the first college running back to run for 4,000 career rushing yards. In 1971, he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and won the Pop Warner Most Valuable Player award. He was later drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1972 draft in the second round. After playing four seasons with them, replayed a season each for the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks.
After his football career, Marinaro turned to acting, appearing on numerous television shows like Lavern and Shirley and Hill Street Blues from 1981 to 1986. More recently, he played head coach Marty Daniels on the Spike show Blue Mountain State. Marinara was inducted in the the college football Hall of Fame in 1991.