At a Glance
Hometown: Pasadena, California (born October 2, 1969) College: Marcus ended his four-year career as a student athlete at Iowa State University among the greatest defensive backs in school history. His leadership helped Iowa State to the school’s first winning record in conference play. The Cyclones will forever remember Marcus’s 1990 interception that helped seal a victory over the long-time rival Oklahoma Sooners for the first time since 1961. He was inducted into Iowa State’s Hall of Fame in 2008. NFL Experience: Marcus was a fourth round pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1991 NFL draft. He made an immediate impact, leading the Oilers to the playoffs in his first three seasons. Marcus remained an anchor for the Oilers/ Titans defensive secondary for the next seven seasons. He was a premier player and designated team captain. In 1999, the Oilers’ organization officially changed their name to the Tennessee Titans. After hanging up his pads, Marcus was hired by the Titans organization as “Director of Player Development” in 2003. He was responsible for assisting the career paths of Titans players moving in and out of the NFL. Marcus and his support staff accomplished this by offering a wide variety of mentor programs. His player development team focused on financial education, career planning, and dealing with family matters through player programs. In 2006, Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. selected Marcus and his staff to travel to the Stanford Business School in Stanford, California. They were sent to represent the Titans’ organization at the NFL’s Stanford Executive Training Program to participate in upper level executive training. For their innovation and commitment to player development in 2006, Robertson and his staff were awarded the Winston and Shell Award. The Winston and Shell Award recognizes the most outstanding player development director/program in the NFL. Marcus moved out of the front office in 2007. He spent the year assisting Coach Chuck Cecil with the Titans defensive secondary. During Robertson’s first year coaching his former position, the unit showed tremendous improvement. Motivating and molding players was easy for Marcus. As a result of his leadership, three of the four starting players in the Titans’ secondary were selected to the 2008 Pro Bowl. This marked the first time in franchise history to have three players from the same defensive unit selected to the Pro Bowl.
Family Bio: When Marcus went to math class his senior year in high school, he thought he was going to simply learn Algebra. Instead he studied his future wife Holly a lot more intently. Marcus says, “I knew she was the one the first time I saw her. Not only was she beautiful on the outside, but I soon discovered she was beautiful on the inside too.”Marcus really had to work at his relationship with Holly. He had suffered through the pain of his parents’ divorce at 10 years old, but when Marcus started dating Holly, it also gave him a chance to develop a relationship with her father Stan. Stan was a dad committed to his faith, his wife, and his children. Over time, Stan became a mentor for Marcus, and Marcus decided he wanted to create a home like Stan’s.After Holly said ‘yes’ to Marcus’s marriage proposal, (an engagement ring delivered with dessert by their waiter), Marcus had the opportunity to begin building that home. When their first daughter Morgan decided to arrive early, he had to fly in from training camp to be there. “I couldn’t believe how beautiful she was the first time I held her- this was my little princess.” A few years later, his daughter Milan and son Marcus Andrew were born. Marcus and Holly work hard at making sure that their faith and family remain the priority in their home. They try to combat the influences of negative peer pressure and media messages by spending time with their kids- especially at their soccer and basketball games. Marcus also likes to take his girls on ‘Daddy-Daughter dates’. He makes sure they know how they should be treated. Career Bio: PLAYER: Iowa State University (1987-1990), Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Oilers/ Tennessee Titans (1991-2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-2002) FRONT OFFICE: Tennessee Titans (Director of Player Development, 2003-2006) COACH: Tennessee Titans (2007-2011), Detroit Lions (2012-Present) Career Highlights: • Marcus led the development of All Pro’s Michael Griffin, Cortland Finnegan, and Chris Hope• Marcus guided Griffin, Finnegan, and Hope to the 2008 Pro Bowl; the first time three players from the same unit represented the Titans in the annual NFL All-Star game • 2008- Inducted into the Iowa State University Hall of Fame• Started in Super Bowl XXXIV, in a losing effort versus the St. Louis Rams• Marcus tied the NFL season record in 1997, having recovered two fumbles that were returned for touchdowns• 1997- 1st Team All Pro• 1993- 1st Team All Pro• 1990- 1st Team All Big Eight Honors (Iowa State University)• 1989- 1st Team All Big Eight Honors (Iowa State University)• 1988- Honorable Mention- All Big Eight Conference (Iowa State University)
Foundations: • Marcus Robertson Children’s Foundation• 2010 Participant in the ‘Taste of the NFL’, a Super Bowl sanctioned charity event that takes place in the Super Bowl’s host city each year. The contest is a part of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Robertson and 10th time participant Brian Uhl, Executive Chef at Cabana, Sunset Grill and Midtown Café in Nashville joined other chef-athlete teams from every city with an NFL organization. Each team prepares one of their specialty dishes. Founded in 1992, the foundation has raised and distributed more than $8 million to local food banks across the country. • Assisted and funded four teenage delegates trip to the ‘National Voices Against Violence Conference’ in Washington D.C.• Board of Directors Member of the ‘Texas Gulf Coast Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation’• Sponsored field trips for Dick Dowling Middle School students who have disabilities• Member of the of the Celebrity Ambassador Council for Celebrate the Child• Organized a celebrity basketball game that provided $500 scholarships to three athletes at John Muir High School• Sponsors “Books & Balls Camps” in Houston and Pasadena
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