Born: May 21, 1987 – Calgary, AB
2017: Years as a Lion: 7th Years in CFL: 7th Status: National
Career Games: 98 Playoffs: 7 Grey Cup: 1 (2011)
Marco was selected as the Lions’ first pick (sixth overall) in the 2011 Canadian Draft. His most recent contract extension saw him sign a two-year deal with the club keeping him in orange and black through the 2018 season.
2016: An increased role in the offence paid dividends for Marco as he hauled in 29 catches for a career-high 360 yards with his best outing coming on July 7 in Toronto where he had three grabs for 57 yards. He also tallied 55 yards on two other occasions, both against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Marco continued to play a significant role on special teams with 22 punt returns for 232 yards, both career-highs, as well as five kickoff returns for 104 yards. Marco capped-off the season by collecting the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given annually to the player demonstrating sportsmanship and saluting their dedication to community service.
2015: Marco appeared in all 18 regular season games for the first time in his CFL career notching five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. His top performance on the season came in Edmonton on Sep. 26 when he tallied two catches for 47 yards including a dazzling 15-yard touchdown grab. Playing a key role on special teams, Marco recorded 14 punt returns for a career-high 174 yards featuring a 57-yard romp versus Edmonton on Oct. 17 as well as 3 kickoff returns for 47 yards.
2014: Marco spent the first four games of the year on the injured list before dressing for the 14 remaining games of the year. Notching 11 receptions for 124 yards on the year, Marco was also called upon to be a regular on special teams where he recorded a career-high 401 yards on 19 kickoff returns and 86 yards on 14 punt returns. His season highlight came in Winnipeg on Oct 25/14 where he tallied a 59-yard kickoff return and had another 93-yard TD effort called back.
2013: In his third season with the Lions, Marco became a regular starter recording 15 starts in 17 appearances as well as the Western Semi-Final. He caught 24 passes for 244 yards and a pair of TDs, one of which came vs Hamilton on Aug 30 when grabbed a season-high four passes for 66 yards including his longest gain as a CFL player, a 56-yard completion from Travis Lulay.
2012: Marco had a solid second season in the CFL, playing in 16 games while missing two to injury. He started seven times in 2012 and also played in the Western Final vs. Calgary. Marco increased his career-highs to 30 catches and 353 yards as part of the CFL strongest set of Canadian receivers. He narrowly missed his first 100-yard game with a 99-yard effort on seven receptions against Edmonton on July 20. Marco had eight games with multiple receptions and averaged a touchdown every six catches with five in total. Showing versatility, he also backed up Tim Brown on punt returns recording seven for 47 yards.
2011: Marco made his CFL debut in Week 1 and appeared in 15 regular season games after being the Lions’ first selection in the 2011 Canadian Draft. Following a brief stint on the reserve list (Weeks 2 through 4), he played every game over the rest of the season including the Western Final and 2011 Grey Cup victory. He caught eight passes for 65 yards and added 135 yards on 16 punt returns for a nice 8.4 yard average. Marco made four starts in the second half of the year and added an interception on Sept. 10/11 vs Toronto.
2011-2016: Marco has now played 98 regular season games with 71 starts for the Lions and has 107 receptions for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns. He notched a career-high for kickoff returns and yards in 2014 with 401 yards on 19 attempts. One of Marco’s finest moments came when he added an interception on Sep 10/11 vs Toronto when the Argos attempted a fake punt.
CFL Tom Pate Award Winner: 2016
2005-08: Marco wrapped up his four-year career at Harvard in 2010 with six receptions for 119 yards and two TDs. He also averaged 34.5 yards per kickoff return in 2010, making him Harvard’s all-time leader in that category and the first to return two for touchdowns in one season. Prior to attending Harvard, Marco played for the Edmonton Huskies (CJFL) and earned All-Conference kudos as a receiver and returner. Set a league record with a 120-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Marco initially studied Economics before pursuing cross-registration between Harvard and MIT to eventually earn a degree in Architecture & Environmental Science. Beyond the gridiron, he has returned to his economic roots where he participates in the wealth management industry.
Marco enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and son, and also is an avid supporter of several community and charitable programs. He lists his brothers and parents as his biggest fans and in addition to 2011’s Grey Cup victory, he notes six other championship rings among his fondest football memories — back-to-back Ivy League champions (2007 and 2008), CJFL national champions with the Edmonton Huskies (2005) and a three-year undefeated run with Calgary’s St. Francis High School (2002 to 2004). Marco was a junior football teammate of former Lions defensive back J.R. LaRose and a high school teammate of fullback Rolly Lumbala.