5 times former Minnesota Vikings players shined in movies or TV

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Ed Marinaro

A second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1972 NFL Draft, Ed Marinaro spent six years with the purple and gold and appeared in two Super Bowls during his pro football career. The running back was known for having good hands out of the backfield, catching seven touchdowns off 125 catches for 1,008 yards. He also had 306 carries for 1,007 yards and four scores on the ground.

Marinaro spent one season with the Jets and another with the Seahawks before hanging up his cleats for good. Once his football career was over, he would go on to be the most dynamic actor to wear a Minnesota Vikings uniform.

His resume speaks for itself. Spending years on amazing shows that were extremely popular is a testament to his work. Plus, the diversity in his roles is amazing, showcasing his range in comedies and dramas.

With all his success in football and acting, Marinaro has slowed down in recent years. He has only been in four movies since 2016, but the 70 year old former Vikings running back has made quite a life for himself in football and as an actor.

Notable roles:

  • Laverne & Shirley (1980-1981) – Sonny St. Jacques / Antonio DeFazio
  • Hill Street Blues (1981-1986) – Officer Joe Coffey
  • Falcon Crest (1987-1988) – John Remick
  • Sisters (1991-1994) – Mitch Margolis
  • Blue Mountain State (2010-2011) – Coach Marty Daniels

Shining role: Hill Street Blues