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Marc Colombo biography

Date of birth : 1978-10-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-11-03
Credited as : Football player NFL, Offensive Tackle for the Cowboys, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Marc Colombo is an American football Offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was originally selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Boston College. He is also the rhythm guitarist in the heavy metal band Free Reign.

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Marc Colombo is a big, strong lineman with playing experience at both tackle positions who provides Dallas with consistency and dependability. He started all 16 games for the club at right tackle from 2006-2008, before an injury forced him to miss the final seven regular season games in 2009. Colombo rehabbed tirelessly and was able to return for the team's playoff push in 2009, and looks to be back to full strength for the start of 2010. Due to his durability and productivity on the Cowboys offensive line, Colombo was rewarded with a four-year contract extension on December 25, 2008 that will keep him with the club until 2012. After becoming the Bears first round selection (29th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, he was limited to seven career starts at left tackle and played as a reserve right tackle in 11 other games in three seasons with the Bears. He suffered a serious knee injury toward the end of his rookie season, then spent all of 2003 and most of 2004 rehabilitating the injury. He entered the 2006 season as healthy as ever, starting all 16 games for the first time in his career. He also provides Dallas with an able body on special teams, having blocked two field goal attempts in his career.

2009:
# Started the first nine games of the season before suffering a broken left fibula and high ankle sprain on the second offensive series at Green Bay (11/15). Missed the remainder of the regular season, but returned to start the club's two playoff games.
# The Cowboys finished second in the NFL (second in the NFC) in total offense, averaging 399.4 yards-per-game.
# Dallas' passing game finished sixth in the NFL (second in the NFC) with 267.9 yards-per-game.
# The rushing offense ranked seventh in the NFL (third in the NFC), gaining 2,103 yards on the season, 131.4 yards-per-game.
# Dallas gained 6,390 total yards of offense to mark the most in a season in team history and the first 6,000-plus yard season in team history.
# Offensive line returned all five starters from 2008 in the season opener at Tampa Bay (9/13) to help the Cowboys churn out 8.9 yards-per-play for 462 total yards. Line allowed time for quarterback Tony Romo to complete 16-of-27 passes for a single-game career-high 353 yards and three touchdowns - all over 40-yards - and one for a career-long 80 yards to Patrick Crayton, while allowing just one sack.
# Helped clear the way for 251 net rushing yards against the N.Y. Giants (9/20) as the ground game averaged 8.7 yards-per-carry, marking the highest rushing yard average for any game dating back to the 1970 season. The 251 net rushing yards were the most for the club since rushing for 271 net yards at Philadelphia (10/31/93).
# Blocked for back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games for the first time since 1979 (at Minnesota, 10/7 and against Los Angeles, 10/14) and sixth time in team history as the team amassed 212 rushing yards against Carolina (9/28).
# The line helped the club gain a season-high 498 total net yards on 61 plays at Kansas City (10/11). Also allowed time for Romo to complete 20-of-34 passes for 351 yards - the second-highest of his career - and two touchdowns, while giving up just one sack. On the ground, Cowboys runners were able to garner 150 yards on 26 carries (5.8 avg.) with one score.
# Against Atlanta (10/25) the line once again provided Romo with time to pass for 300-plus yards (311) while completing 72.4% of his passes (21-of-29) for three touchdowns with a season-best 141.6 quarterback rating. Also helped the running game eclipse 100 rushing yards (115) for the fifth game this year.
# The offense amassed 358 total yards with 282 through the air as Romo completed 21-of-34 passes with one touchdown and one interception at Philadelphia (11/8) as the team garnered its fourth consecutive win - marking the club's longest winning streak since seven straight in 2007.
# Suffered a broken left fibula and high ankle sprain on the second offensive series of the game at Green Bay (11/15). Underwent surgery to repair ligaments in the ankle on Monday, Nov., 16. Was inactive for the remainder of the regular season.
# Returned to the starting line-up against Philadelphia (1/9/10) in the NFC Wild Card Game, as the Dallas offense racked up 27 points in the second quarter for the most points in a single quarter in team playoff history while gaining 426 of total offense for the seventh-most in a playoff game in club history. The line also blocked for 198 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns while controlling the clock for 39:34 and converting nine-of-16 on third down.
# As part of the offensive line at Minnesota (1/17/10), allowed time for Romo to complete 22-of-35 for 198 yards with one interception while allowing six sacks - tying the third-most yielded in a playoff game in club history. Also blocked for a running game that gained 92 yards on 25 attempts and controlled the clock for 30:34.

2008:
# Made all 16 starts at right tackle for the third consecutive year with the club.
# Dallas' passing game finished ninth in the NFL (fifth in the NFC) with 236.8 yards-per-game.
# The rushing offense ranked 21st in the NFL (ninth in the NFC), gaining 1,723 yards on the season, 107.7 yards-per-game.
# With an average of 344.5 yards-per-game of total offense, the Cowboys finished the season 13th in the NFL (eighth in the NFC).
# In the win at Cleveland (9/7), the offensive line did not allow a sack as the offense rolled up 487 total yards - the highest yardage output on the road since 541 yards at Washington (9/12/99). The ground game picked up 167 yards with three touchdowns while Romo had time to complete 24-of-32 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
# Allowed time for Romo to throw for 312 yards to mark back-to-back 300-yard passing games in the home-opening win against Philadelphia (9/15). Also did not allow a sack for the second consecutive week.
# Provided holes for a running game that finished with 217 total yards on 35 carries at Green Bay (9/21) - the most team rushing yards since 217 on 41 carries at Tennessee (10/1/06). Barber finished with a career-high 142 rushing yards.
# The line did not allow a sack in 47 passing attempts against Washington (9/28) as Romo threw for 300 yards - his 13th career 300-yard passing game, tying him with Troy Aikman for the most in club history.
# In the overtime loss at Arizona (10/12), the line allowed time for Romo to throw for 300 yards for the 14th time of his career to become the first quarterback in club history to do so.
# The offensive line blocked for the second 100-yard rusher of the season as Barber picked up 100 yards on 18 carries for a 5.6 average and one score at St. Louis (10/19). The passing game - led by Brad Johnson - gained 217 yards on 17-of-34 passing with one touchdown and three interceptions.
# In a defensive battle against Tampa Bay (10/26), the offense only managed 172 total yards but was able to come away with a victory with no turnovers. The 172 total yards were the least amount gained in a win in team history. The club did not record a turnover - snapping a streak of 21 consecutive games with a turnover.
# In Romo's first game back at Washington (11/16), the line did not allow a sack in 27 passing attempts and also blocked for Barber, who gained 114 rushing yards on 24 attempts and completely dominated the last six minutes of the game, allowing the Cowboys to run out the clock and seal the win.
# Romo threw for a season-high 341 yards in the win against San Francisco (11/23) marking his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season - on 23-of-39 passes.
# The offense scored on its first four possessions en route to a 34-9 victory against Seattle (11/27). The line did not give up a sack and allowed time for Romo to throw for 331 yards - the third-most yards by a Cowboy on Thanksgiving Day and his sixth 300-yard game of the season.
# Helped block for rookie running back Tashard Choice, who finished with 88 rushing yards on 23 carries at Pittsburgh (12/7) - the highest individual rushing total against the Steelers all season.
# Against Baltimore (12/20) in the final game at Texas Stadium, the line protected Romo as he threw for 252 yards on 24-of-45 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions while allowing only two sacks. They also created holes for Choice, who finished with 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

2007:
# Started every game at right tackle for the second consecutive year.
# Played a key role in one of the most prolific offensive seasons in club history while helping the team to a club record-tying 13 victories and the first NFC East title for Dallas since 1998.
# The Dallas offense finished the season second in the NFL in scoring (first in the NFC) with an average of 28.4 points-per-game. The 455 points scored marked the second-most in club history behind only the 1983 team (479 points).
# With an average of 365.7 yards-per-game, the Cowboys were third in the NFL (second in the NFC) in total offense.
# Dallas ranked fourth in the NFL (third in the NFC) in passing with an average of 256.6 yards-per-game.
# In the rushing offense category, the Cowboys were 17th in the NFL (seventh in the NFC) with an average of 109.1 yards-per-game.
# Offense gained 478 total yards and scored six touchdowns - tied for the fourth-most in a season opener in club history - against the N.Y. Giants (9/9) as Romo threw for a season-high 336 yards.
# The line blocked for a 100-yard rusher (Barber), 100-yard receiver (Terrell Owens) and a 300-yard passer (Romo) at Chicago (9/23) for the first time since at Washington (9/12/99).
# The offense put up a season-high 502 (336 passing and 171 rushing) total yards against St. Louis (9/30) - the most since the overtime game at Washington (9/12/99).
# Offense put together a 14-play drive - tying the longest drive of the season - to open the game against Minnesota (10/21), and Romo completed a single-game career-high 31 first half completions.
# Romo finished with a season-high 141.7 passer rating and a season-high 80.0 completion percentage at Philadelphia (11/4), completing 20-of-25 passes for 324 yards.
# Romo threw four touchdown passes at the N.Y. Giants (11/11) and against Washington (11/18) to become the first quarterback in team history to throw four touchdowns in back-to-back games.
# The running game picked up a season-high 174 yards against the N.Y. Jets (11/22) as Barber rushed for 103 yards.
# The Dallas offense racked up 368 total yards as Romo finished with 302 passing yards - seventh 300-yard game of the season - and a 110.4 passer rating - his seventh consecutive game with a passer rating over 100.0 at Detroit (12/9).
# In the Divisional Playoff Game against the N.Y. Giants (1/13/08), the offensive unit had a season-long 20-play, 90-yard drive for a touchdown in the second quarter that consumed 10:28, marking the longest time of possession on any drive this season. Also provided holes for Barber who rushed for a career-high 129 yards.

2006:
# Earned the starting right tackle position after a training camp battle and started every game in one of the Cowboys most productive and efficient offensive seasons ever.
# The Cowboys offense scored 425 points (26.6 points-per-game), the fourth-most in the NFL.
# Dallas was second in the NFL in third-down efficiency (48.8%), the club's highest rating in that category since 1980.
# Dallas also averaged 360.8 yards-per-game in total offense, the fifth-most in the NFL and the most for the Cowboys since the 1995 season.
# Started the season opener at Jacksonville (9/10) for his first start since the final game of the 2004 season.
# At Tennessee (10/1) the Cowboys rushed for a season-high 217 yards and three touchdowns, their best showing since December 14, 2003 (222 yards).
# Dallas quarterbacks combined to throw for a season-high 310 yards against the N.Y. Giants (10/23).
# Romo took over as the starter at Carolina (10/29) and the offense gained 414 total yards and controlled the clock for a season-best 38:16.
# At Arizona (11/12) the offensive line did not allow a sack, and Romo threw for 308 yards, his first 300-yard passing game.
# The offense gained a season-high 435 total yards (306 passing and 137 rushing) against Tampa Bay (11/23) and picked up a season-high 27 first downs, including 18 through the air, their most passing first downs since 1998. Romo also tied the club record with five passing touchdowns.
# Against Detroit (12/31) the line allowed Romo to throw for a season-high 321 yards and two touchdowns.

2005 (Chicago/Dallas):
# Returned to the Bears and played in the season opener at Washington (9/11) but was released the next week.
# Was out of football until signing with Dallas on Nov. 1.
# Inactive his first three games with Dallas.
# Played on special teams at the N.Y. Giants (12/4), against Kansas City (12/11), at Washington (12/18) and against St. Louis (1/1/06).

2004 (Chicago):
# Started the season on the reserve/PUP list while rehabilitating his knee injury.
# Moved to the Bears active roster in Week 10 and played in eight games, starting two at left tackle.
# At Tennessee (11/14) played in his first game since Nov. 18, 2002, and blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt, his second career blocked field goal.
# Started his first game of the season at Detroit (12/26) and helped the Bears gain 124 yards on 25 carries (5.0 yards-per-carry).

2003 (Chicago):
# Spent the entire 2003 season rehabilitating his knee injury.

2002 (Chicago):
# Played as a reserve the first five weeks of the season before becoming the starting left tackle in Week 6.
# Made his NFL debut in the season opener against Minnesota (9/8), subbing at right tackle for an injured James Williams.
# Blocked his first kick - a 28-yard field goal attempt - against Green Bay (10/7).
# Made his first career start, at left tackle, at Detroit (10/20) and started the next five games.
# Suffered a dislocated left patella and femoral nerve damage at St. Louis (11/18).
# Placed on Reserve/Injured list for the final five games of the season.

COLLEGE
# Did not allow a sack in 20 games - his final two years at Boston College.
# In each of his four collegiate seasons, helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher.
# Earned All-Big East Conference honors playing both tackle positions as a senior as part of a line that helped the offense gain 4,361 yards, including over 1,000 rushing yards.
# Started all 12 games for the NCAA's 21st-ranked rushing attack and the Big East's third-ranked offense as a junior.
# Played in seven games, including the Insight.com Bowl as a sophomore.
# As a true freshman, played in six games, mostly on special teams.

PERSONAL
# Marc Colombo earned Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brockton Enterprise and Taunton Gazette all-scholastic honors at offensive tackle as a senior at Bridgewater, Mass., State College.
# Registered 75 tackles and five sacks as a senior defensive lineman.
# Earned Brockton Enterprise all-scholastic honors as a senior, playing basketball and baseball.
# Earned his degree in sociology from Boston College.
# He and his wife, Jessica, had their first child, daughter Olivia, in January 2008.

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