Mark Fields
No. 55, 58
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1972-11-09) November 9, 1972 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High school:Los Angeles (CA) Washington
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:769
Sacks:34.5
Interceptions:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Mark Fields (born November 9, 1972) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League. Mark Fields was one of the best LB’s in the NFL unfortunately his career was cut after 10 years due to Hodgkin Lymphoma, helped establish the Keep Pounding foundation with then position coach Sam Mills along with Mark Richardson after Sam’s Keep Pounding speech also help South West Community Collage in Las Angeles with a score board where famed coach Henry Washington was Head Coach and Athletic Director.

Early years

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Fields attended Washington Preparatory High School, Southwest College, and Compton College. He transferred to Washington State University in Pullman, and played middle linebacker under head coach Mike Price. As a senior in 1994, he was All-Pac-10,[1] and its Defensive Player of the Year.[2][3][4]

NFL

Fields was the thirteenth overall selection of the 1995 NFL Draft, taken by the New Orleans Saints.[5][6] He played six years in New Orleans, leading or coming close to the team lead in tackles. He later played one year with the St. Louis Rams and Super Bowl XXXVI, then signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2002.

However, before the start of the 2003 season, he learned he had Hodgkin's disease, and he was forced to sit the season out. Both he and linebackers coach Sam Mills were sources of inspiration for the team, who made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII, but lost to the New England Patriots. Fields returned to play in 2004, and made the NFC team at the Pro Bowl. Fields was awarded an ESPY for comeback player of the year in 2004, as well as the ED Block Courage Award. He took part in forming the 'Keep Pounding" foundation with the Carolina Panthers.

Fields learned before the start of the 2005 season that his Hodgkin's had returned, and so he turned down a new contract offer from Carolina.[7]

Fields is owner of MLF Holdings LLC a real estate investment company that also does bridge loans, and owner of MLF Enterprise LLC. His son, Mark Fields II plays cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers.[8] His son Tyus Fields plays cornerback and safety for the University Tennesse, Daughter runs track for the University Alabama and youngest daughter is attending Millennium High & Wes Mec cosmology school when done planning to open her own Salon.

References

  1. ^ "WSU puts four on Pac-10 team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 29, 1994. p. 2D.
  2. ^ "WSU dominates defensive stars". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). staff and wire reports. November 29, 1994. p. C3.
  3. ^ "WSU's Fields earns honor". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 29, 1994. p. 1D.
  4. ^ "Fields tabbed Pac-10's top defensive player". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). staff and wire reports. November 29, 1994. p. 1C.
  5. ^ Grummert, Dale (April 23, 1995). "Saints take Fields". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1D.
  6. ^ Miedema, Laurence (April 25, 1995). "Fields goes in the first round". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  7. ^ "Doctors discover Hodgkin's disease has returned". ESPN. May 6, 2005. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Report: Chiefs trade CB Mark Fields to Vikings". ChiefsWire. August 31, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.