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2010 Hall of Fame: Mark ‘Bo’ Pellini and Marques Johnson

October 27, 2010

From Cardinal Mooney High School: Mark “BO” Pellini
Bo personifies this rivalry in many ways. He is a six-time starter in Ursuline/Mooney games, three in football and three in basketball. His senior year, he led his team to victory 30-0 playing both quarterback and defensive end. He won All State honors and is the only Mooney athlete to play both football and basketball in Ohio’s North-South All Star Games. Bo went on to Ohio State, where he captained the Buckeyes his senior year and was named Academic All-American. He has coached for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and the Green Bay Packers. His coaching career has featured success at every stop along the way. A Super Bowl ring and a national championship are part of his impressive resume. Today, Bo is head coach at the University of Nebraska, one of the nation’s leading college football programs. He is not able to be here today as the Huskers are playing tomorrow. His nieces and nephew accepted the award on Bo’s behalf.

From Ursuline: Marques Johnson
Marques also played in the Rivalry game three years. He went on to play football and graduate from Miami University of Ohio. Marques accumulated 24 tackles and 3 sacks during his career against the cross-town rivals.

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