Mark Kellar
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Mark Kellar
Mark Kellar
No. 39
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1952-07-17) July 17, 1952 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Carpentersville (IL) Irving
College:Northern Illinois
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 6 / Pick: 155
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Mark Peter Kellar (born July 17, 1952) is a former American football running back who played three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northern Illinois University and attended Irving Crown High School in Carpentersville, Illinois.[1] Kellar was also a member of the Chicago Fire, Chicago Winds and San Antonio Wings of the World Football League (WFL).

Early years

Kellar earned two varsity letters in football, two in basketball and three in track at Irving Crown High School in Carpentersville, Illinois. He finished third in the state discus throw his senior year. He also earned All-Tri-County Conference honors in all three sports. Kellar was part of the inaugural class of inductees into the Dundee-Crown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.[2]

College career

Kellar played for the Northern Illinois Huskies from 1971 to 1973. He led NCAA Division I-A in rushing yards with 1,719 in 1973. He set a school record for career rushing yards with 3,745 and also scored 33 touchdowns. Kellar played in the North-South Shrine Game his senior year in 1973. He was a three-time team co-MVP from 1971 to 1973 and was voted Huskies quad-captain in 1973. Kellar was also named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press, United Press International, Football News and Kodak during his college career.[3] He was named to the All-Time Huskie Stadium Team in 1995 and the Huskies' All-Century Team in 1999.[2][3] His jersey number 31 has been retired by the Huskies and he was inducted into the Northern Illinois University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.[2]

Professional career

Kellar was selected by the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL with the 155th pick in the 1974 NFL Draft.[1] He was selected by the Chicago Fire of the WFL in the seventh round (82nd overall) of the 1974 WFL Draft.[4] He rushed for 778 yards and nine touchdowns on 189 attempts during the 1974 season. Kellar also accumulated 28 receptions for 342 yards and six touchdowns.[5] He signed with the WFL's Chicago Winds in 1975.[5] He recorded 179 yards and two touchdowns on 62 rushing attempts during the 1975 season. Kellar also accrued 19 receptions for 181 yards.[6] The Winds folded only a few months into the 1975 season.[5] He then signed with the San Antonio Wings of the WFL and played for them during the remainder of the 1975 season.[5] He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1976 and played in 33 games for the team from 1976 to 1978.[1][5] Kellar then retired from football.[5]

Personal life

Kellar's brother Scott also played football at Northern Illinois University and in the National Football League.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "MARK KELLAR". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "NORTHERN ILLINOIS ALL-CENTURY FULLBACK MARK KELLAR TO BE INDUCTED INTO DUNDEE-CROWN HOF". May 14, 2004. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Kellar". Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "College Draft - Rounds 1-9". Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "The World Football League Web site presents an interview with Chicago Fire and Chicago Winds running back Mark Kellar". Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Mark Kellar". Retrieved 2015.

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