Marvin Powell was one of Fayetteville's highest-ever NFL draft picks.

Seventy-First’s Marvin Powell, an NFL Pro-Bowler, dies at 67

Marvin Powell, one of Fayetteville’s most successful and decorated athletes, died Friday of heart failure at the age of 67, according to ESPN reports.

Powell was a graduate of Seventy-First High School and he went on to play football at Southern Cal where he won a national championship as a sophomore in 1974. After that, Powell played 11 years in the NFL.

“I think he has to rank as the most honored athlete, probably in any sport, that we’ve ever had come out of Fayetteville,” longtime Observer sports writer Earl Vaughan said.

“I don’t know of anybody else that would come close to the stature of Marvin Powell as an athlete that came out of a Cumberland County high school.”

Here’s a look at Powell’s accomplishments:

  • Two-time first-team All-American at Southern Cal
  • Blocked for future Hall of Fame running backs Anthony Davis and Ricky Bell at USC
  • Won two Rose Bowls and Liberty Bowl
  • Played for Hall of Fame coaches John McKay and John Robinson
  • Part of 55-24 win over Notre Dame in which USC trailed 24-6 at halftime and then scored 49 points to win
  • No. 4 overall pick in 1977 NFL Draft by New York Jets
  • Played for Jets (1977-86) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-88)
  • Selected to Pro Bowl five straight seasons from 1979-83
  • Named All-Pro three times (1979, ’81, ’82)
  • Elected NFL Players Association Vice President and then served two years as president
  • Earned a law degree from New York Law School in 1987
  • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994

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