Saturday, August 6, 2016

1977 Profile: Gary Marangi

No. 17
Boston College
"Marangi accounted for over 1,200 yards in passing and rushing in 1976 after replacing the injured Joe Ferguson midway through the season. He was the third leading rusher on the team with 230 yards and a 5.9-yard average- it was the second best rushing performance by a Bills quarterback ever, topped only by Daryle Lamonica's 289-yard total in 1964.
He had a pair of touchdown passes in the Jets game and against the Dolphins in Miami. Gary appeared in a total of nine games in 1976 after playing in five games in 1975. He underwent minor surgery this winter.
Marangi threw three touchdown passes in 1975, including the 64-yard completion to O.J. Simpson that marked the Juice's record breaking 23rd touchdown of the season. His first pro pass was a 44-yard touchdown bomb to J.D. Hill [in 1974] when Marangi came off the bench in the fourth quarter in Miami to spark a Buffalo comeback effort.
BC's starting quarterback for two seasons, Marangi finished as the Eagles' third leading passer of all time with 2,739 yards on 235 completions. A running threat as well from the BC wishbone, he was captain of the Eagles as a senior. An All-East and All-New England selection, Gary received the coaches award as BC's outstanding player. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the American Bowl.
Gary was a marketing major. He works in the winter training horses and has part ownership in a horse. His hobbies include all sports and his two Great Danes."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

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