School: Cornell Big Red
Position: Running back
Draft: Round 2, 50th Overall, 1972
Recap: Yes, the head football coach of the legendary Blue Mountain State Mountain Goats remains one of the most underrated running backs in college football history.
Blue Mountain State may just be one of the best (at least recently) college football television shows, but Marinaro actually played ball with the best of them while at Cornell.
In fact, he remains one of the most productive backs in Ivy League and college football history. Can the man get some love?
Despite getting edged out by Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan for the 1971 Heisman (1,597 votes to 1,445), Marinaro holds two records that may never be broken (I doubt they will ever be touched).
Marinaro toted the rock on average 34 times per game in his career (’69-'71), and he holds the record for most carries per game in one season at 39.6 (1971).
From 1972 to 1977, playing for three teams (Vikings, Jets and Seahawks), he reached two Super Bowls under legendary coach Bud Grant. Marinaro only scored 13 touchdowns throughout his short career.
However, Marinaro remains vastly underrated, albeit he was deservedly inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.