When They Were Young: Marco Rubio’s Gridiron Dreams - OZY | A Modern Media Company


Because for one candidate, being president would only be the next best thing to being a Miami Dolphin.

By Sean Braswell

Part of an OZY series on the college years of 2016 U.S. presidential candidates.

If you’ve been paying any attention the Republican presidential race, you probably know by now that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the son of a bartender and a housekeeper. And that he has a penchant for nice boots, and even bought a handgun on Christmas Eve. But were you aware that the former presidential candidate was once Mormon (briefly, as a boy, during a stint in Nevada), or that he proposed to his wife atop the Empire State Building, Sleepless in Seattle–style? 

And, perhaps most intriguing of all, did you know that the Miami native once earned a football scholarship to college? Here is all you need to know about the young Rubio’s gridiron dreams in football-crazy Florida.

Video by Charlotte Buchen.


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