Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mark Duda

Mark Duda, born in Plymouth, PA and graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School.  Mark went to the University of Maryland was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals). Duda played in the NFL for five seasons from 1983 to 1987 and currently is the head football coach at Lackawanna College.

One of the many beneficiaries of Duda's vast knowledge of football is Bryant McKinnie, who was selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2002 National Football League Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie played at Lackawanna in 1997 and 1998 and went on to The University of Miami (Fla) where he was the recipient of the prestigious Outland Trophy and a consensus All-American offensive lineman.  Another current NFL player who played for Coach Duda is Buffalo Bills, WR Donald Jones.

He was inducted into the University of Maryland Wall of Fame in 1994 and a year later was inducted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sport Hall of Fame.  

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