is a man about whom a book has been written by Willie Morris. The book was entitled, 'The Courting of Marcus Dupree'. Also the famous sports channel ESPN did a documentary on his life which was titled, 'The best that never was'. His college professor also wrote a song on him which he called, 'Mr. Marvelous' He was also known as, 'one of the most highly recruited high school football players ever'. So, by this you can understand what a player Marcus would have been.
Marcus was born on 22 May in 1964; the city was Philadelphia, in the state of Mississippi in United States. He went to a school which was under a program under which students were not supposed to be segregated racially and thus hi
s class was the first integrated class under this program. This was happening for the first time in the 12 years in which he or his friends had been to school. So opportunities were increasing for young Dupree and destiny was opening new doors for him.
He went to Philadelphia High School started playing football for Philadelphia High School Tornadoes. In his freshman year in 1978 he ran a 4.4 40 yard dash. That season in total he got 5 touchdowns rushing and receiving and even scored seven touchdowns through kick and punt returns. In his sophomore year he got 1,850 yards and 28 touchdowns in the whole season and the next year he increased them to 2,550 yards and 34 touchdowns. In his senior year in the whole season he rushed for 2,955 yards and scored 36 touchdowns in the whole season. He played his final high school game on 13th of November, 1981 and set a new record of 87 touchdowns during the whole high school career and collected 7,355 yards in total and became a new record holder.
After high school he was approached by Billy Sims himself who insisted Marcus to attend Oklahoma and Marcus agreed to him. His college football career began wonderfully in freshman year with 1,144 yards and 13 touchdowns in 7 games and was considered as a promising contender for winning Heisman Trophy. But unfortunately it didn't happen in his 2nd year due to injuries.
Later in '84 he was signed by New Orleans Breakers of USFL. In his debut season 684 yards on 145 carries with 9 touchdowns for a 4.7 yards per carry average with a touchdown even in his debut game. In a game against Arizona Outlaws he got a huge blow on his upper body and got a huge injury on his knee which ended his USFL experience.
Later Walter Payton motivated him to make a comeback in NFL and he returned through Los Angeles Rams. Injuries didn't seem to go out of his way and in 1991 he got his only NFL touchdown with 179 yards on 49 carries. Next year he ran for 212 yards in his final game but was cut by the coach John Robinson. He finished his career a year after that with 251 yards on 68 carries for 3.7 yards per carry average and a single touchdown.
After his career as a footballer ended he worked as a host in casino, as a professional wrestler, and as a manager for arena football team and also scouted for Washington Redskins.
Why is Marcus Dupree famous?
Dupree gained fame during his high school career and his college career as a footballer.
Why do we like Marcus Dupree?
We like Marcus because of his sportsmanship and the energy with which he rushed with the ball. Even the crowds which used to cheer him included both whites and blacks and also Indians which was a rare sight to see during those times.
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