Stanford Delts, Football Players, Then and Now


Rainbow Magazine 

(not online)

December 5th, 2009

Did you notice that on Summer 2010 Delt Rainbow (pg 26) that 3 of the 5 national football figures are modern-day Delts: Eric Lorig (2009 Tampa Bay buccaneers draft), Chris Marinelli (2009 Denver Bronco draft), Matt Kopa (2009 San Francisco 49ers mini-camp)

Three Delts on the 8-4 Stanford Sun Bowl squad received honors from the Pacific-10 Conference this week. Offensive tackle Chris Marinelli was named to the All-Pac-10 first team while fullback Owen Maricec and wide receiver Ryan Whalen received All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Stanford defensive ends Erik Lorig and Tom McAndrew were on the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, with Maricec and Whalen given All-Academic second team honors.

more on Chris on Wikipedia

follow some links from the Delt magazine, Rainbow, and then Google to our classmate and fraternity brother, Chris Burford.  Connections   --  JBT  2010-08-09



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    Teaming with Hall of Famer Len Dawson, Burford was a clutch receiver when the game was on the line and the ball had to be moved forward for a needed first down or for field-goal position.  For most of his AFL career, Burford was in the top ten in receiving catches, yards, and touchdowns.   Burfd is a 1974 inductee of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame.


 A member of the STANFORD Athletic Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, Chris Burford was the first drafted player to sign with the Dallas Texans, who he chose over the Cleveland Browns.  He was a master of sideline receptions for the Texans and the Chiefs.  What he lacked in great speed or physical presence, he made up for by running perfectly choreographed pass routes that outsmarted most American Football League defensive backs.  An AFL All-Star in 1961, he followed that performance with 12 receptions for touchdowns in 1962, leading the league.   By the end of his career he was the Chiefs all-time reception leader (391) with 5,505 yards and 55 touchdowns.



      A member of the   American Football League Hall of Fame