Greg Mark

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Greg Mark
No. 94, 91
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1967-07-07) July 7, 1967 (age 52)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
College:Miami
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:6
Sacks:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Gregory S. Mark (born July 7, 1967) is a former American football defensive end and linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami. Mark played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

Born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Mark grew up in Merchantville and played football at Pennsauken High School.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Mark played college football at the University of Miami for the Miami Hurricanes. Mark was one of the players in Jimmy Johnson's first recruiting class. From 1986-89, Greg Mark anchored one of the most punishing defensive lines in University of Miami football history, as well as in college football. Mark's five-year career at Miami culminated with First-Team All-America honors by Kodak and the Associated Press in 1989, as well as a semifinalist nod for the prestigious Lombardi Award. Mark was also selected to play in both the Hula Bowl in Hawaii and East/West Shrine Game in Palo Alto, CA. Mark was also an important part of two national championship teams at UM, in 1987 and 1989. He finished his career with an overall record of 55-5, 35 starts, 253 tackles, 95 quarterback pressures and 34.5 total sacks. His sack total currently ranks him 2nd on the all-time UM career sack list. Mark was a player on teams that went to 5 New Year's Day bowl 2 Sugar Bowl, 2 Orange Bowl and 1 Fiesta Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Mark was drafted by Bill Parcels of the New York Giants in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft. While with the Giants he was moved to the interior line and asked to play a two gap nose guard. He was released by the Giants at the end of pre-season camp and quickly picked signed by the Miami Dolphins. The Don Shula, head coach of the Dolphins attempted to transform Mark into a middle Line Backer once arriving into their Davie, FL facilities. Despite losing almost 40 lbs in a short time and playing a big role on special teams Mark was assigned to the waiver wire where he was intended to move to the Dolphins practice squad. Before clearing waivers Mark was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles where he was moved back to his nature position of Defensive End. Mark appeared in six games for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. While playing a road game against the Dallas Cowboys, Mark suffered a season ending shoulder injury. After attempting to finish the season with the injury he was assigned to the IR list and subsequently released. After off season shoulder surgery He later signed with the L.A. Raiders and finished with the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career in the NFL, Mark returned to the Miami Hurricanes in 1992 as a graduate assistant. In 1995, he was hired by Utah State to be their defensive line coach. The next year, he returned to the Hurricanes to be their defensive line coach in 1996. He held the positions until he was let go in the 2005 UM staff purge.[3] He was a coaching staff member of the 2001 National Championship team. His efforts in coaching resemble those as a player, when he oversaw a group in 2001 that was a vital part of the Hurricanes' drive to the National Championship. Greg Mark, the UM defensive linemen, spearheaded a defense that led the nation in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin while ranking in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories. During Mark's coaching tenure at The U he was able to develop and guide players like Warren Sapp, Kenny Holmes, Kenard Lang, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vince Wilfork, Jerome McDougal, Jamaal Greene, William Joseph and Calais Cambell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Mark Statistics, JustSportsStats.com. Accessed January 2, 2018. "Born: July 7, 1967 Cherry Hill, NJ; High School: Pennsauken (NJ)"
  2. ^ Callahan, Kevin. "College: Mark serves as honorary captain for U of Miami football opener; Former Pennsauken star Greg Mark still remembered fondly by the Hurricanes", South Jersey Sports Digest, September 7, 2017. "Greg Mark was the honorary captain at the University of Miami football opener on Saturday – 30 years after he helped the Hurricanes win the national title.When the former Pennsauken High School great strolled out for the coin toss at Hard Rock Stadium, Mark felt 'it' again.... Mark, who grew up on Glenwood Ave. in Merchantville, now owns two Montessori schools in Miami Beach."
  3. ^ Press, From Associated (18 October 2005). "Miami Assistant Fired" – via LA Times.

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