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Jets recognize former Bills backup Gary Marangi as a winner

By Tim Graham

Ever wonder what Gary Marangi is up to?

Winning high school football games and receiving a coaches award from the New York Jets.

Marangi, the former Buffalo Bills quarterback, has been honored with the latest New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. He's the head coach at Patchogue-Medford High on Long Island.

Now you know.

The Jets have given the award each week for the past 18 years to "a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes."

The Jets donated $1,000 to Marangi's program.

Marangi grew up in Elmont and played at Boston College. The Bills made Marangi the 70th overall pick of the 1972 draft.

He spent three seasons with the Bills as Joe Ferguson's backup. Marangi started seven games in 1976, when Ferguson was sidelined by a back injury. Marangi's 35.3 completion percentage that season is the worst in NFL history for a quarterback with at least 200 attempts.

Marangi had multiple shoulder surgeries. He tried to latch on with the Cleveland Browns in 1977, but lasted only a few games.

After his NFL career, he trained racehorses at Roosevelt Raceway and various other jobs until he began coaching in the 1990s. He has been Patchogue-Medford High's dean of students since 2001.


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