Marv Fleming
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Fleming, circa 1961
No. 80, 81
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1942-01-02) January 2, 1942 (age 82)
Longview, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Compton (Compton, California)
NFL draft:1963 / Round: 11 / Pick: 154
AFL draft:1963 / Round: 9 / Pick: 69
  (Denver Broncos)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,823
Receiving TDs:16
Games started:57
Games played:162
Player stats at

Marvin Lawrence Fleming (born January 2, 1942) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end for 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), seven with the Green Bay Packers and five with the Miami Dolphins. He was a member of five NFL championship teams.

Fleming played college football for the Utah Utes. He is the first player in NFL history to play in five Super Bowls—with Green Bay (I, II) and Miami (VI, VII, VIII).[1][2] He played under hall of fame head coaches Vince Lombardi and Don Shula for five seasons each.

Early years

Born in Longview, Texas, Fleming was raised in southern California in Compton and graduated from Compton High School. He played college football at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City under head coach Ray Nagel.

Playing career

Selected in the 11th round of the 1963 NFL draft by the two-time defending NFL champion Packers, Fleming won three consecutive NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls in Green Bay. After seven seasons, the last two under head coach Phil Bengtson, he signed with the Dolphins in May 1970.[3] Fleming was with the Dolphins for five seasons (and three Super Bowls), then was traded to the Washington Redskins for running back Charley Harraway.[1] He was in the Redskins' 1975 training camp under George Allen, but missed the final cut in September and retired.[4][5][6][7]

Fleming was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2010.[8]


Fleming was the victim of an identity theft scam in the late 1970s and early 1980s.[9] Arthur Lee Trotter posed as Fleming and was arrested in Texas in 1980 for selling phony stock in NFL teams. Caught, Trotter conceded to police that he was not Fleming: he said he was actually former Baltimore Colts star John Mackey.[10]

Fleming and receiver Roy Jefferson (b.1943) are cousins less than two years apart and grew up together in Compton. They played football at Compton High School and college football at Utah. Both on offense, the two were on opposing teams in Super Bowl VII, Fleming on the Dolphins and Jefferson on the Redskins.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Fleming trade may be called off". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 24, 1975. p. 32.
  2. ^ Super Bowl Records: Individual - Service
  3. ^ "Marv Fleming signs with Miami Dolphins". Morning Record. Meriden, Connecticut. Associated Press. May 19, 1970. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Paring knife cuts to bone". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. September 10, 1975. p. 4C.
  5. ^ Brown, Frank (September 10, 1975). "Fleming a big name cut". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Associated Press. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Redskins cut Marv Fleming". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. UPI. September 10, 1975. p. 4C.
  7. ^ Cour, Jim (June 1, 1976). "Super Bowl vet Marv Fleming is collecting unemployment". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. p. 10.
  8. ^ "Despite scandal, Chmura set for Packers honor". Archived from the original on November 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "Marv Fleming, the ex-football player, is no con man". Milwaukee Journal. AP, UPI. July 22, 1983. p. 9, part 2.
  10. ^ Lidz, Frank (September 19, 1983). "This is the game of the name". Sports Illustrated. p. 61.
  11. ^ "Jefferson hopes to put it on his cousin, Fleming". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Associated Press. January 10, 1973. p. 8.
  12. ^ Cour, Jim (January 11, 1973). "Fleming and Jefferson are close". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. B4.