By Scoop Malinowski
STATUS: NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver (1996-2008 for Indianapolis Colts). Won Super Bowl XLI. Eight-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro. Inducted into NFL Hall of Fame in 2016.
DOB: August 25, 1972 In: Philadelphia, PA
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 185
CHILDHOOD HEROES: I was a Dallas Cowboys fan – Emmitt Smith and Everson Walls.
NICKNAMES: Big Marv, Screw.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Basketball, shopping, movies, motorcycles, pool.
EARLY FOOTBALL MEMORY: Running for my life. Being too heavy to play with my age group. So I had to play with the bigger kids. That was tough.
FAVORITE MEAL: My aunt’s fried chicken.
FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL: Can’t give you just one of those. Got like 10 boxes in the house – Lucky Charms, Cap’n Crunch Berries, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops.
FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate chip or vanilla chip.
FAVORITE MOVIE: Oh yeah, Scarface, hands down.
PRE-GAME FEELING: Think about us winning and scoring touchdowns. Throughout the week in practice, I figure out a play I’m gonna score on.
GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT(S): Winning the Super Bowl. Hall of Fame. Winning the basketball competition at the Superstars event. I beat Warren Sapp (in Jamaica in ’99). Also, my last college game in the Carrier Dome against Boston College. I promised my teammates that I was gonna take a punt back for a touchdown. And I was gonna throw the ball in the upper deck. But I didn’t tell the coaches [smiles]. Took the punt back and threw it up. Got a penalty and everything. But I left the Dome in style.
MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: Separated shoulder, against Baltimore. Right in the middle of my first good season (’98).
FIRST JOB: Landscaping for my high school in Philadelphia (age 14).
FIRST CAR: 1985 blue/silver Dodge Daytona.
FAVORITE ATHLETE TO WATCH: T.O. (Terrell Owens). I sit back and watch TV and smile at what he does on the field. I enjoy him. I don’t think he causes any harm to any single person.
PEOPLE MOST ADMIRED: Down-to-earth, modest people. I don’t like showboats, put it that way.
CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1,102 career receptions and 14,580 yards receiving; 128 receiving touchdowns; In 2002 broke Herman Moore’s record of 123 caught passes, with 143 receptions (NFL record later broke by New Orleans Michael Thomas 149 in 2019.