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Formico, Marte

Marte Formico '51
  • Sport: Football
  • Years Attended: 1948-1951
  • 1950 Orange Bowl Champion
  • Inducted in 1984

Formico was nicknamed “The Splendid Splinter” after an incredible punt return against San Jose State in 1949. His punt brought the Broncos back from a 13-7 deficit to beat the Spartans by one point. That moment was the start of something special. The victory was the start of a six game winning streak and earned the Broncos a bid to the Orange Bowl. Formico and the Broncos crushed the University of Kentucky 21-13 in one of the biggest upsets in school history.

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