Marvin "Marv" Hubbard was an American college and professional American football player. Originally from Randolph, New York, Hubbard attended New Hampton School and Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He played for the Hartford Knights of the Atlantic Coast Football League. He then joined the American Football League's Oakland Raiders in 1969, staying with the team until 1975, and then came back with the Detroit Lions in 1977.
A fullback wearing jersey #44, Hubbard was famous for his punishing mano-a-mano duels with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Lanier. He was not a shifty back, and did not evade contact. Powerfully built, he was famous for crashing headlong into defenders, with little regard for his own well-being.
Though never a star, Hubbard in his prime was an unusually productive player. Of note was his extremely high per-carry average. Over the course of their careers, most of the best running backs average a little over 4 yards per carry. Some of the best backs approach the 4.5 range. Only a few (Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Barry Sanders, OJ Simpson among them) actually exceed 4.5. Marv Hubbard averaged closer to five yards (4.82 to be exact) per carry. The most obvious explanation for this slightly above average fullback having such a high career average, is the great offensive lines he ran behind. Early in his career he had Bob Brown, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw and Jim Otto blocking for him, all Hall of Fame offensive lineman. Later in Hubbard's career Bob Brown and Jim Otto retired, they were replaced by John Vella and Dave Dalby respectively. The sports writers perhaps didn't give him the respect he deserved as he was never nominated for an "All-Pro" team, but the players and coaches in the NFL respected him and he did earn three trips to Pro Bowl as the backup Fullback for the AFC.
However Hubbard's career did not start impressively. After being drafted in the eleventh round of the 1968 AFL Draft by Oakland, he was cut. He then went to the Canadian Football League, where he spent two seasons learning how to block. But after returning to the Raiders, he teamed in the backfield with halfback Charlie Smith, and became a potent weapon, especially in short-yardage situations. He made the AFC All-Star team with the Raiders in 1971, 1972, and 1973. His roughhouse style of play eventually caught up with Hubbard, resulting in a nagging shoulder injury that forced him to miss most of the season in 1975. He spent the entire 1976 season on the injured reserve list and was eclipsed during his injury by his groomed replacement, fellow Colgate alum Mark van Eeghen. He signed with the Detroit Lions, where he saw spot duty during the 1977 season, after which he retired from the NFL.
Alleged drunken driving accident:
On September 27, 2003, Hubbard was involved in a car accident in Castro Valley, California in which the driver of the other car was killed. In 2004, Hubbard pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI. The driver killed had been making an illegal turn in a 'blind spot' on an isolated road.
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