Markus Koch
No. 74
Born: (1963-02-13) February 13, 1963 (age 59)
Niedermarsberg, West Germany
Career information
Position(s)Defensive lineman
CollegeBoise State
High schoolKitchener (ON) Eastwood
CFL draft1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Drafted byToronto Argonauts
NFL draft1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Drafted byWashington Redskins
Career history
As player
1986–1991Washington Redskins
Career stats

Markus Koch (born February 13, 1963) is a German-born former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins team which won a Super Bowl (1988). He played high school football at the Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario and played college football at Boise State University.

Koch served as Vice President of the Seattle chapter of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).[1]

Having finished his career before the internet age, Koch is overlooked by the media, which call Sebastian Vollmer of the Patriots the first German to be drafted (2nd, 2009) by the NFL and to win a Super Bowl.

College career

Koch was All American Football Player, Boise State 1982-85.[2] For three consecutive years he was selected first team All-Big Sky Conference (1983–85).[2]

Professional career

In the 1986 NFL Draft Koch was selected in the 2nd round as the 30th overall pick by the Washington Redskins.[2][3] He was also selected in the 1986 CFL Draft by the Toronto Argonauts.[4] Koch played in Super Bowl XXII, 1988 and was on injured reserved for Super Bowl XXVI, 1992.[5][4]

Koch injured his knee during the October 6, 1991 20-7 victory over the Chicago Bears and was replaced by Jason Buck. This would be the last time Koch played in the NFL.[6]

Koch was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame in 1993.[2]

Life After Football

After spending six years in the National Football League Koch received his License Massage Practitioner, Craniosacral Therapist, Acupressure Therapist, Reflexologist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Vipassana Meditation Instructor and uses modalities of Acupressure, Life Coaching, Energy Work, Massage Therapy, Reflexology.[7] He works with his wife at Holistic PT in Port Townsend, WA.

Koch and his wife Amy were featured in "The Crazy Wisdom Journal" for their massage therapy work.[8] Koch's own experience with testicular cancer, severe nerve pain, and debilitating depression have been a healing journey. Markus and Amy guide yearly retreats to Brazil.[9]

Personal life

Koch currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.


  1. ^ "NFLPA FORMER PLAYERS CHAPTER OF SEATTLE, INC. :: Washington (US) :: OpenCorporates".
  2. ^ a b c d "VARSITY B - Official Letter Winners Club of Boise State University".
  3. ^ Washington Redskins draft history
  4. ^ a b Oldörp, Heiko (6 February 2016). "Markus Koch ist der erste deutsche Super Bowl Gewinner". Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ "Boise State University Athletics - Official Athletics Website".
  6. ^ "Redskins Sign Buck". Deseret News. 9 October 1991.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2015-01-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Issue 53 by CW Community Journal - Issuu".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2015-01-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)