Mark Flythe

Mark was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1968.
He first played tackle football as a 3rd grader at the Landon School for Boys in
Bethesda, Maryland and was later one of two sophomores to play varsity football
at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. By the time his family moved to
West Windsor, New Jersey in 1985, Mark was 6 foot 6 inches tall and weighed
260 pounds. As a senior he was a standout offensive and defensive tackle
recognized as an All-State (New Jersey) lineman and heavily recruited by a
number of Division I NCAA colleges.

Mark eventually accepted a full athletic scholarship to play
for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions in the fall of 1987. During his five years
at Penn State, Mark played both defensive and offensive tackle on teams that
went to four different post-season bowl games. During his senior year he won
the Jim O’Hara Award as the most improved defensive player before the Nittany
Lions went 11-2 and beat Tennessee 42-17 in the Fiesta Bowl finishing the 1991
season ranked #3 in the nation behind the University of Miami and the University
of Washington.

Mark went on to play in the NFL for two and a half years. He was signed as a
free agent selection by the Denver Broncos in 1992.
The following season he was signed by the New York
Giants and played on a team that reached the 2nd round of the 1993 playoffs.

He was released the following season.

Mark Flythe with his NY Giants team mates
He retired from the game fortunate enough not to have suffered any serious injuries.
He moved to New York City and has been a writer for over 20 years.
He currently resides in
Lawrenceville, New Jersey.