Marcus Dupree

Born: May 22, 1964
Hometown: Philadelphia, MS
Class of 2017



 

High School Career
Philadelphia High School

  • Most highly recruited high school player ever from Mississippi.
  • Broke Herschel Walker’s high school record for most touchdowns
  • Subject of a book by Yazoo City author Willie Morris “The Courting of Marcus Dupree”

College Career
University of Oklahoma

  • Played for Barry Switzer
  • Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year
  • Second team All-American
  • Set Fiesta Bowl rushing record of 249 yards in 32-21 loss to Arizona State

USFL Career
New Orleans Breakers

  • In 1984 signed a then-record deal with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL.
  • Two 100 yard games in rookie season
  • In the second half of the first game his second season severely injured his knee, ending his USFL career.

After USFL

  • 5 years later he was talked into trying a comeback by Walter Payton.
  • Lost over 100 pounds in three months and was signed after a tryout by the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Played two seasons with the Rams
  • Was the subject of an ESPN documentary titled “The Best That Never Was”