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Former NFL runback Ed Marinaro stole the show in the early stages of the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas on Friday night.
Marinaro was selected to announce the selection for his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings opted for No. 42 as Marinaro approached the podium to give a long and awkward speech.
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“We did not have that many people when I played in the Super Bowl,” Marinaro said, adding that he hoped fans “appreciated” his purple sports coat because it was hard to find.
Then he started talking about his own draft experience and how it was not like the thousands of fans who filled the NFL Draft Theater in Las Vegas this weekend.
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“I have to be honest, they were not at the top of my list of teams I wanted to draft for me. In fact, there was only one team I wanted to be drafted by less. But I will not mention Green Bay,” he said.
Eventually, a producer had to come and remind him to stick to the script.
The 72-year-old played four seasons with the Vikings. He was selected as No. 50 overall in the second round of the 1972 draft. He ran in 1,007 yards on 306 carries and four touchdowns. He also played for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.
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After all that, Minnesota cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. out of Clemson.